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Dorothea Ridenhour Royal
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DURHAM: Dorothea Ridenhour Royal, 97, died peacefully on February 23, 2017 in Durham, where she made her home for the past four years due to failing health. She was born on October 5, 1919 to Lucy Barger and Joe Travis Ridenhour.

Mrs. Royal is survived by her sister, Helen R. Goodman, 99, along with seven nieces and nephews. She raised three of her nieces, Helena Coman (Stuart Coman), Paula Barringer (Mike Barringer), and Amy Daw (Edward Daw). She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Murdock O. Royal; brothers, Mark T. Ridenhour, Joe K. Ridenhour, John C. Ridenhour; sister, Florence “Bobbie” Cruise; two nieces and a nephew.

Mrs. Royal was born and lived in Rockwell, NC for most of her life. She was a faithful member of her church and dearly loved her friends and family in the Rockwell community. She greatly appreciated the many cards and kind thoughts from them after her need to move to Durham.

All of her nieces and nephews are blessed with wonderful memories of “Aunt Dot”, including her Christmas Eve gatherings, summer beach trips, famous pound cake, and homemade rolls! She loved gardening, bird watching, and just talking with family and friends.

The family will receive friends at Ursinus United Church of Christ, 116 W. Main St. Rockwell, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, with a funeral service at 3 p.m. Burial will be held in the Rockwell Cemetery immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to Ursinus United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 175, Rockwell, NC 28138 or Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church 3541 Rose of Sharon Rd., Durham, NC 27713. The family would like to thank all of her caregivers for their constant dedication and loving care.

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Celebration of Life




3:00 PM
Ursinus United Church of Christ

116 W. Main St.
Rockwell, NC 28138

Memorial Contribution

Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church

3541 Rose of Sharon Rd.
Durham, NC 27712

Ursinus United Church of Christ

116 W. Main St.
Rockwell, NC 28138

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