Elizabeth Moore

Elizabeth Lee Moore

Saturday, April 27th, 1935 - Sunday, July 12th, 2020
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It is with deep sorrow that we inform of the passing of Elizabeth Lee Moore (Ritterhoff). Lee passed away at Windsong Memory Care Community in Greeley, Colorado on July 20, 2020 following a valiant 10-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Lee is now with the Lord and her parents after living a full and meaningful life. She was intelligent, witty and gracious and a pure joy to be around all the way up to her final days.

Lee was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 27, 1935 to Annette Elizabeth Ritterhoff and Dr. Robert J. Ritterhoff on April 27, 1935. She attended Clifton Elementary School and Hughes High School, the same high school her mother attended in the late 1930’s. She was named Prom Queen in her junior year and met Dean, her husband of 60+ years, there as well. Lee was very proud of her Cincinnati heritage – she was a Cincy gal all the way!

Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Cincinnati, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and was voted UC Prom Queen, again, in her junior year at UC. Lee and Dean continued to date during college, and married in Annunciation Church in Cincinnati in 1958.

Lee and Dean’s journey together began in South Carolina, where they started their family. For more than 20 years, Lee ran the family household in Ashland, Ohio, where she was a volunteer at St. Edward Catholic Church, leader of the local book club and active in community affairs. She was an avid reader and a supporter of the local library. Lee put thousands of miles on the family station wagon, driving her kids to high school tennis matches around northeastern Ohio. She was an expert gardener and was an advocate for achieving better health through nutrition and exercise.

In 1983, Lee, Dean and the family moved to Greeley, Colorado, where she continued her church volunteer work, at St. Mary Catholic Church, and her sorority activities. While she struggled at first with the dryness of the high desert climate and western geography, she eventually accepted the West as “home” and embraced the natural beauty of Colorado. She loved Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder and Cherry Creek the most.

Lee was a dedicated spouse and an excellent mother, supporting her husband in his career and raising three loving children. She was very devout and always helpful to others. She is survived by her husband, Dean, her daughter Katherine Struzenberg (husband Bennett), and two sons Steven (wife Kathy) and Chris (wife Carolina). Four loving grandchildren - Emily and Andrew Struzenberg and Gabriela and Felipe Moore - will miss their grandmother dearly. Lee is also survived by her two siblings, Dr. Eric J. Ritterhoff and Anna A. Staubitz.

Due to the coronavirus situation, there will be no funeral services held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greeley. Lee will be laid to rest in the Moore family plot and a funeral service will be held at the Westchester Cemetery in Westchester, Ohio in the following days. A contribution in her name has been made to St. Edward Catholic Elementary School in Ashland, Ohio. Condolences may be made by emailing or by calling Dean at 970-346-1078.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 8:30am - 9:00am
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 8:30am - 9:00am
    Adamson Celebration Center
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Service

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 2:00pm
    West Chester Cemetery
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  • Interment

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 2:00pm
    West Chester Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    West Chester, Ohio
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Always yours, Ben & Anne

Posted at 07:09pm
Dear Dean, We are deeply saddened to hear of Lees passing. We send our deepest condolences to you & your family and know that you are in our prayers.
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T Lauderdale

Posted at 08:19pm
Ooo how my heart is broken💔 my thoughts and prayers are with you Dean, Chris and family. Where do I begin this little lady right here touched my heart in so many ways, her smile lit up the room, I actually was referred to with her as the shower queen because when she would not let anyone else we had a special bond and she would always go with me. I have so many memories that I will hold in my heart forever. I can remember getting her that red scarf and she even wore it one time that Dean had brought it in with her red cardinal gown, and if he ever left his jacket up there she wouldn’t want to take it off. And Chris bringing up that beautiful dog to see her, she just would be so happy after he came in. Lee was such a special lady and I will always remember her and all our special memories.
Rest In Peace Lee
Tiarra (aka T) former CNA at Gracepointe

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