Ronna Leigh Genovese (Glore), 76, of Beaufort, deeply beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Genovese, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport.

Her service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City. The burial will be held Tuesday at Quantico National Cemetery in Quantico, Va.

Ronna was born April 27, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo., and was the daughter of the late Robert and Mildred Glore. The family relocated to Scotch Plains, N.J., where Ronna graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 1960. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics nutrition from the University of Mary Washington, located in Fredericksburg, Va., in 1964. During her junior year in college, she was set up on a blind date with a young U.S. Marine lieutenant who was stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico and accompanied him to a general’s reception. Bob was instantly smitten, and the rest is history.

The couple married in 1965 and eventually settled in Frederickburg, where they raised their two daughters. Ronna was very artistic and social. She enjoyed memberships in the Mary Ball Woman’s Club, the Fredericksburg Garden Club and Zeta Nu Sorority. She delighted in sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with her family, as well as her work in fine jewelry and retail.

Ronna and her husband retired and moved to Beaufort in 2005. She enjoyed playing canasta with her friends and was a very talented decorative painter and a member and past president of the Crystal Coast Decorative Painters. Ronna’s family take solace in their memories of her that throughout the years so many people they met would recall how “wonderful, sweet and loved” she was by all.

Survivors include her devoted husband of 54 years, Bob Genovese; their two loving daughters, Lianna Genovese Brown and husband Christopher J. Brown of Bushwood, Md., and Nagelle Rene’ Smitherman and husband Col. Jeffrey C. Smitherman of Annapolis, Md.; grandchildren, Amanda Brown, Christopher Brown, Cullen Smitherman, Jackson Smitherman and Nathanial Smitherman; great-granddaughter, Ava Brown; and sister, Judy Ann Terry of Scotch Plains, N.J.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America online at

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Online condolences may be made at

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