Mary Jane Riddle

October 15, 1929 ‒ June 04, 2021

Bellville, Ohio


BELLVILLE:  Mary Jane Riddle, age 91, of Bellville passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 in her home.

Mary Jane was born October 15, 1929 in Richland County to the late Delbert and Mary (Hammett) Farst.  She attended Lexington High School until her senior year and graduated from Springfield Township High School in Ontario.

On May 31, 1947 she married Medford Riddle with whom she celebrated 65 years of marriage before he preceded her in death in 2012.

A lifelong area resident, Mary Jane worked at Gorman Rupp Industries in Bellville for 27 years, retiring in 1992.

Mary Jane and Med were long-time members of New Life Church of Christ where Mary Jane taught Bible school and worked in the nursery.

She was a skilled homemaker tending to the garden so that the crop could be canned and frozen for the winter.  She delighted in hosting family gatherings and cooking for her family; quality time was always centered on a good meal.   Mary Jane enjoyed crocheting and knitting and loved to travel with the bus tour group of Gorman Rupp retirees.

She is survived by her children Cindy Hemmerly of Columbus, Jim & Debbie Riddle of Butler, Ric Riddle of Mansfield, and Alan Riddle of Bellville; 6 grandchildren Stephanie Yoho, Michelle McKitrick, Jeremy (Erin) Riddle, Nicole Riddle, Chase (Laura) Riddle, and Johnny Riddle; 16 great grandchildren; sisters Betty Pipes and Beverly Clever; sister-in-law Glenna Sesco; brother-in-law Tom Llewellyn; sister-in-law Beverly Farst; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and beloved husband, Mary Jane was preceded in death by a grandson Rick Lee Riddle; brothers and sisters-in-law Richard (Lois) Farst, Donald (Pud) Farst, Paul Farst, Milton Farst, Kenneth Farst, and Eileen Farst; sisters and brothers-in-law Selma (Jay) Bishop, Nina (Harland) Mowry, Marjorie (Gene) Dillon, Dave Clever, and Nancy Llewellyn.

Friends may call Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 12:30-2:30 pm at New Life Church of Christ, 195 W. Durbin Ave., Bellville, where the funeral service will be held at 2:30pm.  Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Donations may be made to The Butler Adult Nutrition Program, OhioHealth Hospice, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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  • So Sorry for Ur Loss I enjoyed every Day that I was able to Be with her She was such A Wonderful Mother Grandmother Greatgrandmother And A WONDERFUL FRIEND Anyone who knew Mary Jane Will miss her But She will never Be Forgotten Jim Deb Rick Cindy Alan and Nicole My Heart is with U May U Have Peace noing that She is with The Lord

  • So many prayers and thoughts and love. Sorry I can’t make it up, but everyone Florida family praying 🙏💙

  • Alan
    I know how much you cared about and cared for your mother. My condolences to you and your family.
    With thoughts and prayers,
    Vicki Glorioso

  • Alan, We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • To the Family:

    Please accept my condolences for the passing of Mary Jane. The last time I saw Med and her was at the funeral for my grandfather Oscar Perry and my husband and I so enjoyed their company. We are offering prayers of comfort for the family during this loss of a most special lady. Blessings,

  • So sorry to read of Mary Jane’s passing. She was a wonderful neighbor to my parents.
    You all have my deepest sympathy! Jane Kurdzel

  • Uncle Alan and Family,
    We are truly sorry to hear about the loss of Grandma. She was so kind and loving, we couldn’t have asked for a better Grandma! We are so thankful we were able to come spend time with her and Uncle Alan and be able to get some pictures. We will forever and always cherish those pictures and all the memories we have with her. Please know although we weren’t able to be there in person we are thinking of you all! Please reach out if there is anything at all we can do. We Love You
    Brandy, Ryan, Chris & Family and Coreena & Family

  • Mary Jane was such a wonderful person. I loved being around her and taking care of her. She always made me smile even on the worse of days. My daughter’s, Katelen and Amberlen, looked up to her as a grandma because she played with them, and talked with them and loved them. For the family, I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of her life and for giving me the opportunity to care for her and to be around such an amazing lady who I loved as a member of my own family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace Mary Jane, we love you and you will be forever missed.

  • I am so incredibly sorry for your loss of your mother. I’ve been praying for weeks and will continue.
    -Jodi Ramey

  • So sorry to hear of Mary Jane’s passing. Although I have not seen her recently, I KNOW I will see her again in Heaven. She has been a wonderful Christian example and it would not be possible for a person to experience a better mother-in-law! As so many before her and those coming after, she went home and is present with the Lord!

  • I enjoyed every minute I got to spend time with Mary Jane, she was like grandma/ bestfriend.. Will Never forget and always remember the good time’s! God bless , love you will see u again!

  • The Riddle Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. May you cherish the sweet memories. Lifting you all in prayer.
    Sam, Bunny (Bartlett) and Jillian Vance

  • So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. These times are not easy so if there is anything I can help with please let me know.

  • What an Honor n Privilege it was to know and care for you MJ. I miss your hugs, your smile and sitting down to have breakfast with you, the stories of long ago growing up are to be treasured. You were such a sweetheart to talk with. I know you are where you want to be and that is with God and Med! Until we meet again. Love you sweet lady.
    Memories are like Keepsakes, Always to be Treasured.

  • The video is precious and priceless.
    May the Lord surround you all today with his peace and love that surpasses all understanding.

  • Alan, Our prayers are with you and your family! Your mom was a very special lady. God bless you!

  • Alan,
    I am so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. You and I spoke of her daily at our work place, and I felt like I came to know her thru you. I always enjoyed sending her goodies I had prepared the day before. She sounded like an amazing woman. I know you will miss her, but she will always be watching over you. My thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • My deepest sympathies for the entire family of Mary Jane. I’m so glad I had the chance to know her from many years of friendship with Alan. She was an amazing person and God gained a great soul. May our Lord grant piece and joy of Mary Jane being in our Lords presence. Love to all! Chip

  • This one hurts guys and gals, as we had just lost Aunt Nancy Llewelyn. There’s something special about mother’s. Her kitchen was her wheel house. Her food irresistible and we all ate till we burst. I remember when a huge sponge mushroom grew right by her front porch. I was only 10 but it grew up to my knees. And there was a rumor
    That if you eat poison ivy you wouldn’t ever be allergic again. Not true. She was always my second mom, even while she was busy keeping Rick and Al out of trouble. And Uncle Med was a policeman, and showed me his gun once. I was Enamored.

  • One night we watched a show about frogs and we had such a delightful conversation aboutit. I thought I was ministering to her, but she was to me. Her grace and poise under difficult circumstances I will always remember and treasure and sorely miss, my heartfelt condolences

  • Our sincere condolences to the family of Mary Jane. She was a sweet lady and now she has been called to her heavenly home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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