EASTON — DeDe passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, 2020 at Candle Light Cove in Easton, Maryland. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec. 11, 1935, the second child of Benjamin and Marion Franklin of Shaker Heights, Ohio. She studied Fine Arts at Skidmore College, where she met her future husband, Thomas H. Ritner. Their marriage of 64 years produced three children: Thomas “Tucker” Ritner III, of High Point, North Carolina, Diana Ritner Lubow of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Tobin Stewart Ritner of Nashua, New Hampshire, eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. DeDe’s parents and brother, Benjamin “Pete” Franklin, all predeceased her.
While raising her children, DeDe went back to college to complete an Art History degree and was an accomplished artist herself. She remained an active artist via painting, sculpture, pottery, found object art and photography. She won several photography contests. Her work was displayed at many Talbot county venues including the St. Michaels library. She also taught Art at the School for the Deaf in Edgewood, Pennsylvania. DeDe had an elegant and unique sense of style in both décor and fashion.
DeDe loved living on the Bay in Claiborne for 17 years and was happy moving to Londonderry, overlooking the Tred Avon in Easton, where Tom still lives.
DeDe was a lifetime antique dealer and bought three houses that she fixed up and re-sold. She loved dancing, tennis, biking and bridge.
The consummate volunteer, she counseled battered women at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh and later became employed there. She and her rescued dogs were also familiar at local schools and nursing homes as Talbot County Coordinator for Pets on Wheels.
DeDe willed her remains to the National Institute for Health, where she was in a research program for NTM, a lung disease. No public service is planned. If you wish to honor DeDe with a gift, Talbot Hospice at 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton MD 21601, is suggested.