Rosemary Ridgway

Rosemary Pearl Ridgway, 84, of Masontown, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Morgantown Health and Rehabilitation in Morgantown, surrounded by her sons.

Rosemary was born in Middlesex, England, on Sept. 17, 1937, a daughter of the late Frederick John Punter and Emily Rebecca (Giffiths) Punter.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Rosemary was a lifelong member of the Masontown Baptist Church, where she served as a trustee and was actively involved in the Baptist Youth Fellowship. She was a leader for local Cub Scout and Girl Scout groups. Rosemary was famously known for her sandwiches at Hero Hut. For many years, she was a dispatcher for the Valley Ambulance and volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity. Rosemary loved her flowers, for which she won many blue ribbons at the Preston County Buckwheat Festival. She was an avid reader and a WVU fan. Rosemary was always very generous, allowing the community to fish in her pond and regularly hosting charitable yard sales and fundraisers.

She is survived by her four sons, Charles “Chuckie” R. Ridgway Jr. and wife Margie, of San Angelo, Texas, William F. “Bill” Ridgway, of Masontown, Leonard “Leo” Sinclair and wife Stephanie, of Morgantown, and John Sinclair and wife Samantha of Reedsville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. “Bud” Ridgway Sr.; her companion, Albert L. Sinclair; and one brother, William Punter.

Friends may call at the Field Funeral Home in Masontown, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, and from noon until the
1 p.m. service time Saturday, Jan. 15, with Pastor William Winston officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Garden in Kingwood.

Due to COVID-19, safety precautions will be taken, and all guests whose health allows are asked to wear a mask.

The family would like to give a very special thank you to Rosemary’s neighbors, David and Patty Benedum, for their unwavering care and support all these years and generally being a part of the family. Words are not enough to express our gratitude. The family would also like to recognize and thank Morgantown Health and Rehabilitation and Amedisys Hospice for the compassionate care they gave.