Naomi Ridgway

Apr 15th, 1928 - Aug 2nd, 2018


Egyptian Memorial Gardens

Sun, Aug. 5th, 2018 12:30 PM ~ 1:30 PM


Egyptian Memorial Gardens

Sun, Aug. 5th, 2018 1:00 PM


Egyptian Memorial Gardens

Sun, Aug. 5th, 2018

Naomi Ridgway

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.

Survivors include-

Daughter- Marcia Golden and husband Richard of Carterville
Son- Darrell Ridgway and wife Gaila of Carterville
Six Grandchildren
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

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7 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Lena Bailey

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2018

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

  • Guest: John & Judy Crawford

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2018

    Naomi will be sadly missed by the two of us. We were always delighted to run into her at a restaurant and reminisce the times I would come to the nursery to buy my summer plants! She knew that I didn’t have a green thumb, so she would carefully choose something that would survive under my care! God bless all of you as you carry all of your lovely memories of her in your hearts.

  • Guest: Rita McCluskey

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    So sorry for your family’s loss. I remember how good Naomi was to Raymond and Delpha Mae McCluskey, my mother and father-in- law. Now they are all back together again.

  • Guest: Christine Mccluskey Thompson

    From: Springfield, Missouri

    Date: August 5, 2018

    To the family.I loved visiting with Naomi. She loved her family and talked about them all the time. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  • Guest: Wanda Rushing

    From: Creal , Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2018

    So sorry to hear this I was thinking of you a few weeks ago wondering how you were all doing I just saw this this morning Your Mom was a sweet lady I know she will be missed.

  • Guest: Bonnie Franklin

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2018

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She is not restricted to the wheelchair now. Last Tuesday as I walked by I glimpsed you talking to someone in the next room and didn’t interrupt.

  • Guest: Helen Moore

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: August 10, 2018

    Marsha Darrell and family

    Deeply sorry for your loss. I remember the “fun times” we had in Home Bureau. Naomi was such a good friend.

    Helen, Vicki, and Mike Moore