Margaret Jane Ridge

April 21, 1921 ‒ September 22, 2017

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Richwood, Ohio

Margaret Jane Ridge of Marion and formerly of Richwood passed away suddenly early Friday morning, September 22, 2017 at Marion General Hospital following a wonderful and full life of 96 years, the same day her 24th great-grandchild was born, and she would say “Blessed”.

She was born on the family farmstead in Thompson Township, Delaware County on April 21, 1921 one of three daughters born to the late Frank W. and Mildred (Fryman) Kirk.  A graduate of Richwood High School in 1939, she would soon meet and marry Dwight Ridge.  Together they shared 38 wonderful years, making a home, raising a family, and operating Green Acres Farm where she resided for 74 years. Sadly, Dwight passed away much too young on June 1, 1978.

A woman of God and faithful member of the Richwood Church of Christ for 82 years, she was also a member of the Fortnightly and Carpa Diem Club Knight Literary Clubs, Child Conservation League, Prospect Garden Club, and Prospect Senior Citizens, where she served as President.  Margaret Jane also worked for the Elgin School District, retiring in 1988 after 13 years.

Having a green thumb, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, traveling, and crafts.  Active in the lives of her children and grandchildren, she was always ready for the next adventure. She also had a love for sports, especially baseball, which she imparted on to her children and grandchildren.  Fair, kind, caring, and humble, she was quiet in nature. Fiercely independent, whether it was operating the family farm after the passing of her husband Dwight or mowing the ditches around the farm into her 90’s, she was steadfast in her spirit and determination. She possessed the largest of hearts and her concern and loyalty for her family, community, and warm smile will long be remembered.

With blessings bestowed, she treasured being surrounded by her large family, family gatherings, and celebrations. Her desire was to be remembered as a good wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and that she will always be.

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved children: Sharon (Joseph) Yantis of Kalamazoo, MI, Margaret E. “Peggy” Smith of Marion, Larry (Sue) Ridge of Flushing, MI, Bradley (Kathy) Ridge of Marion, Jacquelyn (Clay) Snyder of Delaware; 13 treasured grandchildren: Sheryl (John) Usher, Jennifer (Garey) Rittenhouse, Michael (Rachel) Yantis,  Stephen (Divena) Smith, Megan (Shad) Pollock, Jason (Jenifer) Smith, Kirk (Michelle) Ridge, Brent (Patricia) Ridge and, Ryan (Ashley) Ridge, Kyle (Janay) Ridge, Cory (Kim) Ridge, C. D. “Ridge” Snyder, M. M. “Sophi” Snyder, cherished Great-grandchildren:  Tyler, Joseph McNally, Addison, Ellison Rittenhouse, Cody Yantis, Brinnen, R. “Turner” Smith, Avyriel, Hudson, Riggins Pollock, Rider, Beckett, Holt Smith, Ruby, Ethan Ridge, Sawyer, Maddox, Willow, Decker, Margaret, and twins Edith and Aaron Ridge, sister Roberta “Bobbie” (Wayne) Seiter of Prospect, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and a host of friends.

In addition to her parents and first husband Dwight, she was also preceded in death by her second husband Stanley Beery, son-in-law: Robert Smith in 2009, great-grandchildren: Nash Pollock in 2008, Vivyan Pollock in 2012, grand-son-law Dan McNally in 2005, sister and brother-in-law Katherine and Ted Miller in 2011 and 2006.

Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015. Services celebrating the life of Margaret Jane will be held 11:00 am Friday at the Richwood Church of Christ, 29063 Sivey Rd., Richwood, Ohio 43344, with Elder Jeff Evans officiating, her family will also greet friends at the church one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in Thompson Township (Shoup) Cemetery next to her husband Dwight.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Richwood Church of Christ.

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  • Dear Sharon and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was a wonderful lady and will be remembered.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Carroll Dix Bosse

  • I am so sorry for this great loss. Margaret was such a class act and raised and loved an incredible family. Heaven gained a special angel. Our love and prayers will surround your family.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your loss. I remember my grandmother, Mayme Kirk, my mother, Marjorie Lauer and my aunt Marthabelle Stiffler speaking fonding of times spent with Margaret Jane over the years. I believe my mother played bridge in a group of women with her.

  • We are so sorry f or your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother when she visited you in Portage. She was quite a lady and gentle person. I know you will treasure the memories you all made with her and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Aunt Margaret Jane was class. She will be missed! Thinking of you all. With our love, Kathie, George, Beth, Don, Stephanie and Jenna

  • THE Kirk “girls’ have always been part of our extended family. Margret Jane graduated with my Aunt Ellen, Bobbie and are still good friends. Mother, Martha Taylor and Aunt Dorothy were soul mates of Mary and Mae Kirk. Hard to see family slip away. RIP Margret Jane for a job well done

  • With my sincere sympathy to the family – your mother will always be remembered for her special smile and caring ways. Rita Rubeck Headington Parker, EHS Librarian 1965-1996

  • With my sincere sympathy to the family – your mother will always be remembered for her special smile and caring ways. Rita Lou Rubeck Headington Parker, EHS librarian 1965-1996

  • Jacqui and Clay, Our sympathy to you and your family. Your mother has left you a tremendous legacy! You are blessed to have such a beautiful and godly woman of faith for your Mother!

  • Our love and prayers go out to you as you mourn the loss and celebrate the life of your wonderful Mother. She was an amazing woman who left a beautiful family to cherish her memory.

  • Larry & Sue and members of your Ridge family:
    You have our deepest sympathy for your loss of a loved one. A mother/matriarch is so special and always a major loss to a family no matter her age or circumstances. Sorry we cannot be with you in person to support you in your grief. As you know, we are on an unplanned road trip (sort of vacation) presently touring southern Louisiana bayou country where we fled from hurricane Irma. Love you, Joe & Nancy

  • Peggy, Was so sorry to hear about your mother . We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Bud and Judy Chapman

  • Our heartfelt sympathies on Margaret Jane’s passing. She was always such a kind person with a friendly smile. Her family will be her greatest legacy.

  • Jacqui, Clay, and family:

    Sincere sympathy at the loss of your beloved Mother. Thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate her 96 years. Keep the memories close.

    Roger Marra

  • Dear Bobbie and family, What a beautiful “big sister”. You have always been such a comfort to her. What a wonderful sign that a new life would come into your family when God took her home. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you, Huey

  • Brad & Kathy, thinking of you and so sorry. Prayers and love for you and your family. God Bless!!

  • Dear Larry, Sue and family, So sorry to hear of your mother passing. I will always remember the good times and good meals at the farm! God Bless all of you.

  • After reading about your mother’s life, we can understand why she will be missed in many ways. We also can see you, Sharon, following in your mother’s footsteps with your energy, selfless contributions, and unbelievable energy. We would love to have known her. May God bless your family as you now travel through life without your mother.

  • Jennifer,
    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Thoughts of sympathy to all the family members. I was always “a looker” when passing her home. Often times I would see her mowing (with her special attachment) or tending her flowers. A lot of people have memories of your Mom.

  • So sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Jim and Sandra Christy
    Mary Florence Blue

  • Jacquelyn & Clay , Sorry to learn of the passing of your Mother and Mother-in-law. Our Lord will give you comfort and strength to see you through this time. You are in our prayers. Dave & Nan