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Obituary for Doris Chambers Ritter (Chambers)

Doris May Chambers Ritter, 94, of Salem, Va., passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Doris graduated from Troutville High School and later was a part of Roanoke College’s class of 1948. She was a medical technologist and worked for the National Institutes of Health. She served as a past President of the YWCA of Roanoke. Her longstanding church membership was held at College Lutheran Church of Salem, Va., and she has recently attended St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Roanoke, Va.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Ivan and Deborah McAlexander Chambers; husband of 58 years, Rev. Guy A. Ritter Jr.; son, Charles A. M. Ritter; and brother, Clyde I. Chambers.

Her surviving family includes her children, Ivan C. Ritter and wife, Nancy, and Paul A. Ritter and Penny Hooker; step-grandson, Scott Thomas and wife, Melissa; step-great-grandchildren, Ashlynn Thomas, Isabella Carr, and Dexter Thomas; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family extends special appreciation to the staff at Brandon Oaks, both in Assisted Living and the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, for their excellent care.

A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va., with the Rev. James Armentrout officiating. Please bring a chair.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the Guy A. “Tex” Ritter Jr. ‘48 and Doris Chambers Ritter ‘48 Endowed Scholarship at Roanoke College located at 221 College Avenue in Salem, Va. 24153. Online condolences may be expressed at