Atha Mildred Riter, a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, and great-great-grandma passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021. She was 91. Atha was born on June 18, 1930, in Littleton, WV, the youngest of seven children born to Willie and Lona Woods Gorby. On April 3, 1948, she married Alfred Riter, and together they were blessed with a son and four daughters. Their family grew to include nine grandchildren, twenty- six great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild on the way. Her husband, Alfred “Tex the D.J.” Riter who was a superintendent of the Coke Plant passed away on February 6, 2002. A very hard-working wife, mother, and grandma, Atha took care of her family and also worked for a while at Colliers Steel. Besides being hard-working and headstrong, Mrs. Riter will always be remembered for making the holidays special by hosting her family at her home for Christmas and Thanksgiving which included delicious mouth-watering home-cooked meals made from scratch. In addition to her parents, and her husband, Atha was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Bobbie Jo Riter; her brothers, Edgar, Elvy, Ernie, and Delphie Gorby, and an infant brother; and her sister, Thursey Bellard. She will be remembered with love by her son James (Donna) Riter of Florida; her daughters, Sandy (Butch) Chambers of Burgettstown, PA, Patty (Ted) Salonica, of Mississippi, , and Bonny (Jack) Scopel of Clinton, PA. Private services and visitation will take place at the convenience of her family. She will be laid to rest at Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Florence, PA. Atha’s family would like to thank the caring staff of Sienna Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and Valley Hospice for the outstanding care they provided to Atha. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. Our loving sympathies and deep condolences and prayers for this beautiful family. May Atha Rest In Peace with her lord.

  2. Millie was an amazing lady that lived at Freedom Place. Amazing to watch her come out of her shell! She always had a smile and a soft hi! Remember one Christmas–the management acted as servers for our annual Christmas dinner that the owner held for us. The natives were restless and didn’t want to keep the narrow hall open so we could get the meals out to the shut ins . I was trying my best and getting frustrated! Out of no here, I see Millie—quiet and looking very festive. So I yelled “Millie, you are in charge. We have to keep the hall cleared to deliver meals. ” Suddenly a new side of very quiet Millie appeared! She had them organized and we were able to deliver and then allow everyone in for the dinner. After that point every time I saw her I always said, “Millie you are in charge”, and we would just laugh! God called a very special angel home—rest peacefully Millie. It was a privilege to get to know you. Love, Lin

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