Lucile “Cindy” Thomas Woodward, 93, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of Beaufort, died Sunday, April 27, 2014. 

Her service is at 2:30 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Va. 

She was born in Beaufort on Oct. 1, 1920, the daughter of Philip Norval Thomas and Irene Neal Thomas. Due to a childhood illness, she moved from the Thomas family farm in Carteret County to live in Beaufort with her paternal aunt, Addie Thomas Maxwell, and her husband Dr. Clarence Schuyler Maxwell. From that day on, the Maxwells doted on her as though she were their own daughter. 

Growing up in a small coastal town, she enjoyed swimming, sailing, horseback riding and the company of many people who would become lifelong friends. Later, she attended UNC-Greensboro, then known as the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina, and was a member of its Class of 1942. 

After graduation, she worked at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, where she met and, in November 1943, married Lt. j.g. A. Francis “Frank” Ritter of Norfolk, Va. During the war, Frank was stationed aboard ships in the Pacific theater and Cindy returned to Beaufort to live with the Maxwells. During this time, she taught school, drove a bookmobile and enjoyed doing handwork. When the war ended, they moved to Norfolk, Va., where her three children were born and where she was active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, her church and garden club. Cindy’s marriage to Frank ended in divorce in the 1960s.

In October 1968, Cindy married Adin Kent Woodward, a consulting naval architect from Norfolk, Va. His work took him to many interesting, foreign cities and she enjoyed accompanying him on many of these trips. Cindy and Adin made their home in Virginia Beach, Va., on a street that they named Tir-Na-Nog Cove, which, according to Irish folklore, is a realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy. From there, they cruised the Chesapeake Bay both independently and with other members of their cruising club. For seven winters, they cruised down the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida, living aboard in various places, including the Keys. Cindy was an elder in First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, and enjoyed handwork, gardening, walking the beach, bridge and the company of her many close friends.

Cindy was preceded in death by her loving husband, Adin; brother, Philip N. Thomas; and sisters, Irene Maxwell Jordon and Frances Dickens. 

She is survived by her sister, Addie Carrow Whitley.

From her first marriage, she leaves behind three children, Alfred F. Ritter Jr. and wife Bridget, Irene “Renny” R. Schultea and husband Pat and Schuyler H. Ritter and wife Joan Marie; eight grandchildren, Alfred “Tripp” Ritter, Caroline Willis, Blair Weikel, Mary Maxwell Scott, Catherine Carlyn Ritter, Maxwell Ritter, Gray Ritter and Caroline Ritter; and eight great-grandchildren, Simon, Betsy and Graham Ritter, Virginia and Claire Willis, Joel and Bridget Weikel and Clark Scott.

From her second marriage, she leaves behind two stepchildren, Kent Dixon Woodward and wife Cindy and Anne Bolling “Bollie” Mitchell and husband John; three step-grandchildren, Hayden Gordon-Brander, John Mitchell Jr. and Kathryn Mitchell; and two step-great-grandchildren, Beck and Neil Mitchell. 

Cindy’s family wishes to thank the many healthcare workers at Atlantic Shores, Seaside and Heartland Hospice who helped her during the last years of her life, with special thanks going Valerie Holden, Melissa Eckmyer, Robin Valentine, Ken Aguilar and Liz Burgos.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Beaufort Historical Association, 150 Turner St., Beaufort, N.C. 28516.

Arrangements are by H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments in Virginia Beach, Va. Online condolences may be offered to the family through

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