Marjorie Crenshaw Ridley

Obituary Notice

Marjorie Crenshaw Ridley, age 88, of Little Rock, died Friday, June 10, 2005. She was born in Beedeville, Arkansas where she attended public schools. After her marriage to Homer Joe Ridley, who died in 1994, she spent time as a homemaker raising four children. The family moved to Newport in 1945 where Marjorie was a very active member of First Christian Church serving as an Elder. After her retirement from the United States Census Bureau of the Commerce Department she moved to Little Rock in 1995 becoming an active member of First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed life, especially her devotion to her family, was a renowned cook, and a life long "Yellow Dog" Democrat.

Marjorie is survived by two sons; Gene Ridley of Boulder, Colorado, John Robert Ridley of Okinawa, Japan, two daughters; Carolyn Ridley Ross and husband Owen of Little Rock, Susan Ridley Woodyard and husband Bill of Little Rock, and dear friend James Wilkerson Case, III of Detroit, Michigan, 12 grandchildren; Debra Ann Riley and husband Tim, William Lindley Ridley, Beth Ridley Vance, Graham Beall Dobbins, Richard Ridley Dobbins, Stephen Loren Dobbins, Ann Carolyn Dobbins Mortenson and husband Jim, William Henry Lee Woodyard, IV and wife Peyton, Helen Woodyard Brown and husband Kevin, Erlyn Santos Castro, Michael Robert Ridley, Patrick David Ridley, 13 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and predeceased by a grandson, James Michael Ridley.

There will be a memorial service Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church officiated by Reverend Howard Gordon. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to First Christian Church of Newport, Arkansas, First Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, Arkansas Hospice, and Pulaski County Humane Society.

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  • Dear Sweet Child, You are one of the sweetest, and most precious people I have ever had the privilege to know. You have brought more joy and happiness into peoples lives that you only knew for a short time, just by coming into a room, and making them feel special. Of course I have had the fortune of witnessing your spunk, and standing your ground on any subject you might disagree with, or think was wrong. You loved people regardless of race, or religion, and tried hard to tolerate ignorance because you knew they just didn't know any better. What an impact you made on all my families lives. We all love you. I can only be happy for you, because I know you are in a wonderful place away from pain.
    Kathy & Keith Robertson
    Beverly, Acie, & Don
    Kavanaugh Hair Salon
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • Dear Carolyn & John, I'm so sorry that you have lost your mother. I know she is in heaven now looking down on you all, out of her pain, and with the lord. It was my pleasure to visit with you while Jimmy was here and I hope to see you again some time. Carolyn, you look just like your beautiful mother and I think you also have her sweet heart. John it was good to see you again after so many years. I know Jimmy treasures your friendship. My condolences to all the family. God bless you all.
    Betty Bass
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • Marjorie will be missed by her many friends at LifeQuest of Arkansas. She always enjoyed being with her friends each Wednesday at LifeQuest.
    LifeQuest of Arkansas Staff and Members
    Little Rock, Arkansas