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Ridling, Ruth Ann -

Ruth Ann Ridling

Normandy -
Mrs. Ruth Ann Ridling, age 95 of Normandy, TN left this life on September 18, 2018 surrounded by her family and the caring staff of NHC. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, but she was much more than that. She was sharp as a tack and had a contagious sense of humor. She liked nothing better than to tell naughty jokes. A generous heart and a love for the underdog were also hallmarks of her character. Toughness- which she learned growing up with 3 brothers was another character trait that served her well.

While Word War II was raging she met a handsome solider, James Hulsey Ridling, on a blind date who became her husband. Together they lived a military life for almost 20 years, that took them to postings in the USA, England and Denmark. When they were stationed in Tullahoma her husband retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel and went to work at the base.

Ruth lived an adventurous, happy life, but tragedy struck when her daughter Ann was killed in a car accident at the age of 17. That toughness was vital again as she was the only person left after her parents, siblings, husband and many friends all passed away before her. She broke the mold. There will never be another person like her. She will be missed, but she is in a better place. Go in peace, good and faithful servant.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Clara Gruenwald; husband, Lt. Colonel James H. Ridling; daughter, Ann Ridling and three brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Mary and Bill Camp; granddaughter, Ann-Marie and Jeff Kilpatrick; grandson, David and Jessica Burr Edmonds; great-grandson, Owen Kilpatrick.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening at Tullahoma Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at ten o’clock in the morning at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tullahoma, TN with Pastor Alex Hoffner officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church.


Starts: 9/19/18 at 5:00pm
Ends: 9/19/18 at 8:00pm
Tullahoma Funeral Home
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Funeral Service
Starts: 9/20/18 at 10:00am
Trinity Luteran Chruch
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Starts: 9/20/18 at 11:00am
Rose Hill Memorial Gardens
Tullahoma, TN 37388


Michael Robison says:

Dearest Mary and family,
So very sorry to learn of the passing of your dear, sweet mother. She was always so kind and caring. I know that she lived a long, long life but we are never ever ready to say good-bye. With loving sympathy, Mike Robison

Tom Bentley says:

Tom Bentley says:

He with was always with here when reading poetry at Morning Pointe. She was a delightful friend. Yes Mary they broke the mold. I still have Jim's hat by the door. A constant reminder of the family.

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