Drucilla Romine Ragone
Drucilla Romine Ragone departed this life on the sparkling, clear morning of October 8, 2010. Beloved wife of Peter Joseph Ragone and mother to nine children, Drucilla was born on June 19, 1923, in Hansford, W.Va.
The second child and eldest daughter of 10 siblings, Drucilla was early and often involved in child-rearing duties. She vowed to not have children of her own as she experienced the travails of growing up a coal miner’s daughter in a tiny mountain hamlet.
After working in a defense plant in Maryland during World War II, she became a proud member of the United States Marine Corps. She met her future husband, Peter, at Camp Lejeune , N.C. in February, 1944.
When the war ended, Drucilla and Peter returned to their respective homes before re-uniting and marrying on April 14, 1948, in Brooksville, Fla. After four years in New York City, where her first three children were born, she and Peter moved to Roanoke. In 1956, with the addition of two more children, they took up residence in the home where they would live for the next 54 years. Four more children were born over the next 21 years, and the Ragone house became a gathering place for generations of family and friends.
Drucilla was a skilled and tireless homemaker and gardener, and she transformed her home and landscape into one of the more beautiful properties in Southwest Roanoke. She was an avid bowler and greatly enjoyed socializing with her league mates. She loved to travel and made many trips abroad and within the United States. In her later years, she took great pleasure in giving art lessons to her grandchildren.
Drucilla was preceded in death by her parents, Anderson and Oneita Romine; two brothers, Anderson Jr. and Emory Romine; and a son, Leonard Peter Ragone.
Now that she has departed upon her final cruise, she leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband of 62 years, Peter Joseph Ragone; eight children and their spouses, Annette Ragone Hall and Don Hall, of Salisbury, N.C., Michele and William (Rip) Scherer, of Charlotte, N.C., Michael Ragone, of Roanoke, Diane Ragone and James Wiseman, of Kauai, Hawaii, Christopher and Tracie Ragone, of Daleville, Stephen Ragone, of Roanoke, Nita Ragone, of Oahu, Hawaii, and Peter II and Patti Ragone, of Roanoke.; her remaining siblings, Sue Carol Grubb, John Romine, Don Romine, Janet Gail German, Myrna Loy Ainsworth, Robert Romine and Shirley Diane Hall; special brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Angelina Caravella; her 15 grandchildren, Carina Harper, Scott and Ryan Scherer and Melanie Clemence, Zachary and Ashleigh Ragone, Amanda Ragone, Afton Manalo, and Rachel, Cecelia, Peter III, Nicholas, Gabriella, John Michael and Gianna Grace Ragone; her two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Bryce Harper. Drucilla will also be missed by her numerous nieces and nephews and her many long-time friends.