Mabel Marietta Stephens Ritchie, 72, of Woodstock, passed away Tuesday at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren. Reverends Bill Fitchett and Brian Duncan will officiate. A Fellowship meal will follow the Celebration service.
Mrs. Ritchie was born April 21, 1943 in Shenandoah County, daughter of the late Dabney Thomas Stephens and Maude Edna Shipe Stephens. She formerly worked at Blue Bell, Woodstock Manufacturing, Leggetts, Holtzman Oil and retired as a secretary for her sons’ construction company. She was a member of the Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl Stephens, Garland “Bud” Stephens and Thomas “Tommy” Stephens and two sisters, Helen Duncan and Gladys Walters.
She is survived by two sons, William T. Murden and his wife Patricia A. of Woodstock and Travis L. Murden of Basye; one sister, Catherine Neff of Woodstock; four brothers, Jerry Stephens, Charlie Stephens, Stanley Stephens and Lester Stephens all of Fort Valley; five grandchildren, Brittany Murden, Chasity Murden, Alan Murden, Melinda Wallace and Stevie Murden.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren, 20910 Senedo Road, Edinburg, Virginia 22824.