Carterville- Naomi May Ridgway, 90, of Carterville, passed away at 7:45 AM, Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center.
Naomi was born on April 14, 1928 in Bloomington, Indiana to Mount and Frances (Reift) Frantz. She married Robert Gene Ridgway on July 27, 1946 in East St. Louis, IL. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1987.
She began her career as a seamstress for Smoller Brothers in Herrin. Later she owned and operated Ridgway Greenhouse from 1945 until her retirement in 2001.
She was a selfless woman who loved the Lord. She volunteered her time at Herrin Hospital for 12 years and attended Southern Illinois Worship Center in Herrin. She was a 60 year member of the Lone Oak Home Extension. She was a founding member of the Herrin Garden Club and enjoyed crafts like sewing and embroidery. In her spare time, she enjoyed league bowling with her husband and friends. She was an extensive traveler and spent time in New Orleans and various other places.
Daughter- Marcia Golden and husband Richard of Carterville
Son- Darrell Ridgway and wife Gaila of Carterville
Seven Great Grandchildren
Brother- Michael Frantz and wife Jill of Indianapolis, IN
Sister- Gloria Cox of Marissa
Numerous nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son- Duane Ridgway and step-father- Wilbur McMichael.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy. Rev. Kerry Cox will officiate. Friends and family are asked to meet directly at the graveside. Memorial arrangements were made at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation and will be accepted at the cemetery or Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home/ 201 S. 13th St/ Herrin, IL 62948. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.