Nancy Ridgeway

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.  Nancy was born January 30, 1926, in Morgantown, 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 two week old son, Charles Jacob; and  a niece, Patty Dague, of Phoenix, Ariz.

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 14 year difference in Nancy and John’s ages and her long life, Nancy was a widow for over 40 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.

Family will receive friends in the Parlor of Westminster Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, Greenville,from 10 a.m.  on Saturday, Feb. 16,  until time of the memorial service at 11 a.m.  with the Rev. David A. Dobi, Pastor of the Church, officiating.  Inurnment will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery.

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.

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