A 1944 Murfreesboro Central High School graduate, she attended David Lipscomb College for three years and graduated from Middle Tennessee State College in 1948. She taught High School in Ingleside, TX for two years before returning to teach in Rutherford County. Marrying her husband, “Risty”, of 51 years in 1953, she started her family in Nashville and taught at Glenview Elementary until moving to Manchester, TN in 1965. She served as the Coffee County Lunchroom Supervisor until her retirement in 1978.
Besides being a loving mother and devoted wife, she served at many levels in professional organizations including President of the Manchester Business and Professional Women’s Club. She devoted much time to local charities and performed volunteer work at local schools and the Horizon Health and Rehab Center. She also taught Adult G.E.D. classes. Her Church family was very important to her. She was a faithful member of Wingate Church of Christ Nashville for nine years and of Red Hill Church of Christ Manchester for over 40 years. In recent years she was a member of Stewarts Creek Church of Christ, LaVergne.
A talented cook, family historian, artist and great storyteller, she along with her sister, Idabel, could entertain the family for hours with hilarious antedotes of their lives. She had a way of putting everyone at ease and will always be remembered for her warm smile.
She is preceeded in death by parents, John Elwood Dill, and Laura Ryan Dill, beloved husband Victor Gore Ristvedt Sr., infant daughter Bonnie Bell Ristvedt and sisters Idabel Dill Swafford and Mary Louise Dill.
She is survived by her brother James (Marlene) Dill of Murfreesboro, Sister-in-Law Blanche Ristvedt Sandas, Merrill WI., Brother-in-Law Ralph Hies, Milwaukee, WI. daughter Laura Ristvedt of LaVergne, sons Mark (Oressa) Ristvedt of Mt. Carmel, Indiana and Victor (Julie) Ristvedt Jr. of Murfreesboro. Grandchildren Catherine Johnston, Trista Ristvedt and husband Stephen Truempy, Travis (McKinsie) Ristvedt, Allison Ristvedt, one Great Granddaughter, Riley Ristvedt, and beloved nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Ristvedt’s family would like to express their appreciation for the compassionate care of the staff from Asera Care Hospice and @Home Care.
Visitation will be from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home.
A chapel service will be 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at Jennings & Ayers with Greg Vick officiating.
Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Jennings & Ayers, 820 South Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN