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Alice Elizabeth Meier Riddle 1917 - 2013

Posted: Monday, Aug 26th, 2013

Alice Elizabeth Meier Riddle of Cottage Grove peacefully passed away August 21, 2013 of age-related causes. Mrs. Riddle would have been 96 on October 6th. Survivors include her five daughters, Mary Alice Arient of Creswell; Ardyce Ann Wallace and husband Wally of Creswell; Corolene Corriea of Elmira; Yvonne Fasold and husband Dennis of Eugene; Irene Jeffryes and husband Steve of Redmond; and son Samuel Riddle and wife Shannon of Creswell; 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren. Her younger brother Albert and his wife Georgia live in Gig Harbor, Washington. She was preceded in death by her husband Corolous in 2008 and three sisters and three brothers: Marie Nearhood, Margaret Ender, Ruth Throne, Delbert Meier, Robert Meier, and Fred Meier.

Alice Elizabeth Meier Riddle was born in Kimball, South Dakota, October 6, 1917, to William and Mary Schoop Meier. She graduated from Kimball High School and married Corolous John Riddle on December 14, 1934, in Chamberlain, S.D. They moved to Orting, Washington in 1935. During World War II they both worked as welders in Tacoma’s Todd Pacific shipyards. They also farmed and logged their property. The Riddles moved to Delight Valley, near Cottage Grove, in 1951. They operated a dairy for several years and then raised beef cattle, horses and sheep. Alice was a very active part of the dairy operation, helping with milking and maintaining a spotless Grade A facility.

Alice is known for her genealogy research, quilting, cooking, canning, and baking skills--especially her homemade bread. She was a woman of faith and strength; of energy and talents. If a family of six arrived just in time for dinner, she would make them welcome with meat from the freezer, home-canned fruit and vegetables, and a freshly-prepared pear crisp for dessert. She could organize a 100-person family reunion on the farm and prepare our eating, softball, and volleyball areas by mowing the lawns and riverbank with her John Deere riding mower.

Alice was also a secretary and librarian, working first as a school secretary in Washington, then working part time for many years in the office of Cottage Grove Hospital. At age 53, Alice studied library science in college, then worked as assistant librarian at Woodard Memorial Library in Cottage Grove until she retired in 1980. She was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Cottage Grove Genealogy Society.In recent years, Alice enjoyed cards and visits from family and friends, working her daily crossword puzzle from the newspaper, going to special monthly luncheons at church and attending meetings of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, during which the Rosies share the stories of their World War II work with school children and community groups.

Alice will be remembered for her courage, strength, faith and love of family. She is our inspiration.

A Memorial will be held Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013, 5:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove, OR. Arrangements are by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alice’s memory may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 S. 7th St., Cottage Grove or Cottage Grove Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 388, Cottage Grove, OR 97424

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