A native of Chattanooga, she lived in Nashville for 9 years and later in Silver Spring Maryland where she worked as a private duty nurse for 20 years. Following retirement 30 years ago, she made her home in Cowan to be closer to her family. She was an artist in many forms and an avid lover of animals and people. As a loving, caring and devoted mother of 6, she will be remembered for the outstanding example of integrity and grace that she set for her children.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Delano Riddell; daughters, Jewell Jean Garner, Jo Leona Hintermyer and Trudy Theresa White; sisters, Peggy Sue Crunk, Nancy Theresa Welch; brother, Robert Lee Garner; granddaughter, Jennifer Jo Fijardo; mother, Lillie Leona Henley and father William Edward Garner.
She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn (Jeff) Fajardo of Bethany Beach, DE, Connie Sue (Joe) McDaniel of Spring Hill, FL; son Hamilton Hugh (Judy) Riddell if Sykesville, MD; sisters, Henrietta Blackburn of Monteagle and Norma Jean Garner of Tullahoma; brother, Bobby Joe Garner also of Tullahoma; grandchildren, Alex Hintermyer, Celeste McDaniel, Jason Fajardo, Ryan Riddell, Jessica Riddell and Scarlet Campbell; great-grandchildren, Christan Morgan McDaniel, Jonathan Campbell, Neeley Campbell Thomas, Carly Jo Fajardo, and Luanna Beau Fajardo.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p m Friday April 27, 2012 from the chapel of at St. Mary’s Convent in Sewanee with Rev. Steve Davis officiating.
Burial will follow at O’Dear Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Franklin County Animal Shelter.
Watson-North Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.