Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10:00-11:00am
Parlor of First Presbyterian Church
323 Main St., Greenville, PA
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11:00am
Westminster Chapel of First Presbyterian Church
323 Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. David A. Dobi, Pastor, officiating
Inurnment will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery
Nancy Shriver Ridgeway, age 93, of East Ave., Greenville, passed away Monday afternoon, February 11, 2019 in The Grove at Greenville, after suffering a fall at her home in January.
She was born January 30, 1926 in Morgantown, WV to Forrest and Katie (Sims) Shriver. She graduated from Morgantown High School in 1943 and started at West Virginia University that fall, where her love of books and reading led her to major in Library Science. On June 8, 1946 she was married to John J. Ridgeway at her parents home. They moved to Greenville where John worked for the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad.
Nancy went back to Morgntown every summer to finish her college education, which she completed in the summer of 1951 while pregnant with her second child.
Nancy worked at Thiel College as a Librarian from 1959 until her husband became ill with leukemia in 1976. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Greenville and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary at Greenville Regional Hospital, where she volunteered in the hospitality shop. She was also a member of the Friends Of The Greenville Area Public Library and had volunteered there with her best friend, Peggy Baker.
Something Nancy was most proud of was being the first woman elected to the Board of Director's of the Greenville Country Club, where she was a member and longtime golfer. Golf was a social event not a sport to Nancy.
Nancy is survived by her daughter, Penny Ridgeway and her husband Frank Frangione of Erie; a son, Terry Ridgeway of Greenville; two grandchildren, David Humphrey and his wife Karen of Adamsville, and Holly Frampton and her husband Sam of Greenville; three great-grandchildren, Johnathan Humphrey, Morgan D'urso and Trevor Morrow and his fiance Brittany and their 2 week old son, Charles Jacob, and a niece, Patty Dague of Phoenix, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, her parents, two sisters; Frances Dague and Alice May Bender, a brother; Donald Shriver, a niece; Eran Severn, and a nephew; Conrad Schmidt. With the fourteen year difference in Nancy and John's ages and her long life, Nancy was a widow for over forty years. Because of the many great and lasting friendships she formed over 70 years in Greenville, she was never alone nor lonely. Nancy said, “I've gone more places and seen more things than I ever thought I would.” The family thanks the people and the community of Greenville with helping Nancy lead such a full and enjoyable life.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Area Public Library, 330 Main St., Greenville, PA 16125. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.
I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere sympathy . We are looking forward to a time when death will be no more according to Revelation 21:4 and be able to welcome back our dead loved ones to life. In the meantime, may God of all comfort be able to comfort your entire family during this difficult time .
I have many fond memories of times with the Ridgeway family during my time in Greenville, first as a resident and later as a student at Thiel. Nancy “shushed” me many time when “studying” in the Thiel library. She will be missed for her smile and warm disposition. My heart goes out to the family.
PENNY & FRANK, We are sorry to hear about your mother. You were BLESSED to have her around for so many years. After reading her obituary we could see that she led a full life surrounded by friends, family and interests giving her a BLESSED life with wonderful memories for her, family and friends.
Dear Penny and Terry, I extend my sympathy to you. Your Mom and Frances were strong role models fo is. So glad I got to spend a bit of time with Nancy a few years ago. My history with your family goes way way back. Must mention my childhood best friend Eran too. God bless all of you. Carol Ramsey Ramsburg, Morgantown.
Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry for your loss.
Terry, Penny and family, We were so very sorry to hear about your mother. We as a family have many wonderful memories of the many get togethers we had growing up and our families spending time together. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We are sorry that we won’t be able to attend her service as we are away at this time but we will be thinking of you.. Our deepest sympathies, Marshall and Sue Wasser Beatty , George and Sue Wasser, Ray Wasser and our families
God’s speed and best of wishes to Mrs Ridgeway’s family. She was a fine lady and may she rest in peace.
Sorry to hear about your mom. Will call you after the service. Sounds like she was a great lady.
Sending you my condolences. Nancy was a great friend to my mum.
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. “Miss Nancy” was such a sweet soul I’m so thankful to have met. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Knowing that I’m not the only one who thought that my Grandmother was an incredible, warm, friendly and giving person absolutely warms my heart! It means SO much that everyone who got the chance to meet or know her felt the same as I. She truly was an extraordinary woman who is so deeply missed by her family. I’m afraid it will never be the same without her quick on the feet remarks, her warm smile and what I’ll miss the most…the hug, a kiss on the cheek and an “I love you” for every single time I walked out her front door. (Even though I live two blocks away, so she saw me VERY frequently.) That never mattered to her though, she always said a proper and more importantly a loving goodbye to me and the rest of the family. She finished it off by sitting in her chair that was in front of the front window facing East Elementary School and she’d wait for you to turn around and wave to her…she sat there and waited so that she could give you a big wave and a smile back! I don’t think the day will ever come where I leave that house and don’t turn around to wave at her in the window out of routine. Every time I’ll turn and look at that window, of course I’ll cry because the heartache of not seeing her smiling and waving at me still hurts…but I still have the image of her big smile and a big wave for me as I left will always fill my heart with so much joy. That thought will forever bring me a smile! She truly was a gem! I’ve never met anyone as understanding, patient, giving and truly selfless as she lived her entire life. I could never compare to the incredible woman my Grandmother was, but I’d be happy with my life if I knew I had lived it as half as selflessly as she had lived hers! She was a wonderful friend, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother…our family already misses her so much! Until we meet again, I’ll forever think of you anytime I enjoy a glass of Bailey’s and when I finally get to see you again, you can bet that we are going to enjoy a glass together with lots of laughing and giggling to follow, as always! I miss you and love you so much!❤️❤️
Love, Morgan (Great-granddaughter)