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Donna Kay Rittenhouse

June 12, 1939 October 25, 2018
Donna Kay Rittenhouse
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Donna Kay Adams Rittenhouse

Kay Adams Rittenhouse, 79, of Bridgewater, died after a recurrence of mantle cell lymphoma, on Oct. 25, 2018, at Bridgewater Retirement Community. Born June 13, 1939, in Harrisonburg, Kay was the third of the seven children of David and Vesta Landes Adams. On Nov. 19, 1960, she married Wilbur Rittenhouse, who survives. Surviving siblings are James Adams, Mary Adams, John Adams, Lowell Adams, and Karen Wyrick, and numerous nieces and nephews. Kay was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Rittenhouse, and a sister, June Gibble.

Kay was a graduate of Bridgewater College where her area of concentration was elementary education. She later earned a doctorate of education from the University of Maryland. During her teaching career, she taught preschoolers and elementary students in Maryland, and college students in Missouri, as an adjunct professor of education at Webster University.

Church life was important to Kay. She was an active member of the Church of the Brethren over the years, serving on various committees, singing in the choir, and serving as youth advisor. When they were first married, she and Wilbur put their college education on hold for two years, so they could serve in Brethren Volunteer Service.

When she moved to Missouri, Kay became active with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She served as a state and national trainer for Family-to-Family Teachers and Support Group Facilitators. She also served as a staff member of NAMI St. Louis and as president of NAMI Missouri.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Johnson Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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1:00 PM 11/3/2018 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11/3/2018 2:00:00 PM
Bridgewater Church of the Brethren

420 College View Drive
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Bridgewater Church of the Brethren
420 College View Drive Bridgewater 22812 VA
United States

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