Nancy Shriver Ridgeway, age 93, of East Avenue, Greenville, passed away Monday afternoon, February 11, 2019 in The Grove at Greenville, after suffering a fall at her home in January.
She was born January 30, 1926 in Morgantown, West Virginia 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 and Lake Erie Railroad.
Nancy went back to Morgantown 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 Directors 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 fiancée, Brittany and their two week old son, Charles Jacob and a niece, Patty Dague of Phoenix, Arizona.
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.
Calling hours will be Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Parlor of First Presbyterian Church, 323 Main Street, Greenville, Pennsylvania.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11:00 a.m., Westminster Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, Rev. David A. Dobi, Pastor, officiating
Inurnment will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Area Public Library, 330 Main Street, Greenville, PA 16125.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main Street, Greenville.
A television tribute will air Thursday, February 14 at the following approximate times: 6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.