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Brenda Joyce Rittenhouse


Brenda Joyce Rittenhouse(née Harrison), of Grove City, OH died in her home, surrounded by her family on November 20, 2016. She was 68 years old.

Brenda is survived by her husband Cliff Rittenhouse, children Carrie Rittenhouse of Buffalo, NY; Cathy Walton of Grove City, OH and Cliff (Stephanie)Rittenhouse of Seville, OH; her five grandchildren Harley Walton, Samantha Walton, Gavin Rittenhouse, Conner Rittenhouse and Quinten Masse; brother-in-law Dale (Joyce) Rittenhouse; sister-in-law Carolyn Byrum, brother Billy (Janie) Harrison, brother Troy (Shirley) Harrison, sister Dilma Tartt, sister Louise Schroeder, brother Paul (Christie) Harrison, and sister Kate Harrison as well as many loving nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents Ruby Nell McGonnagal and James Aaron Harrison of Houlka, MS, her sister Linda Harrison, bother-in law Steve Schroeder, sister Shirley Harrison Thomas, sister Nita Sue Wood.

Brenda was born on August 30, 1948, in Pontotoc, MS, to Ruby Nell and Aaron Harrison along with her 10 brothers and sisters. Brenda met her soul mate Cliff not long after graduation while on a trip to Ohio to see her sister Shirley. She married Cliff in 1967, and the adventure soon began. Over ten years, the couple welcomed three children into their home and Brenda set about teaching them the compassion, hard work, and skills that would forge their eventual careers. Brenda went on in life to pursure her love of nursing, touching hundreds of lives over her many years. Her husband, surviving children and family remember her as a beautiful, loving, compassionate woman and a patient mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals.

In addition to her career, Brenda was accomplished at sewing, baking, antique bargain shopping. She enjoyed her grandchildren and life as a whole, participating in all of the life activities she could. She was a hard-working individual who loved her family, nursing, collecting Gone With the Wind, dog and shoe figurines. She was passionate about her children and grand children recieving a well-rounded education.

Brenda passed away peacefully in her home after a heroic battle with cancer. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, and a woman you could always rely on for a warm shoulder and compassionate ear.

A Celebration of Brenda’s life is being planned for Janunary 2017 for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family asks to please make a donation to the American Cancer Society or Ohio Health Hospice to support other families in their time of need.

Arrangements entrusted to Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society/Rodman-Snyder Memorial Center.

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  • Tony Gould says:, I am sorry for your lost please know that I am praying for you and your family…

  • Leslie and Jim Kramer says:

    Carrie, we are so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful woman. Wishing you and your family comfort during this difficult time.
    With much love,
    Jim and Leslie Kramer

  • Dave Mapes says:

    I’ll always remember “Momma Rittenhouse” as my second mother – there were years of my life where I spent more time under her roof than under my own, and she always treated me as one of her own (both in caring for me, and disciplining me.) I both loved and feared this woman, but with the utmost respect! I’m sorry that I was not able to be there to share in her celebration of life in her final days with my Brother Cliff, and my Sisters Carrie and Cathy – but God was excited to have his Angel back home with him! I thank him today that she’s not sick anymore, and pray that on this season of Thanksgiving, we can all be thankful that we had a chance to know such a great woman!

  • Lisa Taylor says:

    I am sorry for your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you

  • dave fair says:

    i am so terribly saddened to hear of your loss.

  • Kathy Young Austin says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. There is never a good time to lose a loved one, but it seems to be even more difficult during the holiday season. There is something about growing up in Houlka that creates a strong bond. Even though many years pass, we hold dear to those we grew up with. I have many good memories of the Harrison children. May God bless you and keep you🙏🏻🙏🏻.

  • Mark and Nancy Pelphrey says:

    Cliff- what fun memories we have of you and Brenda. I can still hear the sound of her laugh. God Bless you- Nan

  • Faith Simmons says:

    I was saddened to learn of Brenda’s passing. We hadn’t kept in touch lately, but had many good times together while working with school and other events. You all have my deepest sympathy. I hope to attend her memorial service in January and visit with you then.

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