Norma K. Rabley Ridenour Harrod, 96, died April 29, 2013, in North Fort Myers, Fla., of natural causes.
Norma was born April 25, 1917, in Spencerville. She was the daughter of George and Cretora Stemen Rabley. She married Frank Ridenour in 1939. Mr. Ridenour died in 1974. In 1977, she married Walter Harrod, and he died in 1991.
She is survived by her son, Larry (Barbara) Ridenour, of North Fort Myers, Fla.; two stepsons, Karl and Keith Harrod; grandsons, Scott(Barb) Ridenour and Mark (Kiersten) Ridenour, both of North Fort Myers, Fla., and Craig (Kelly) Ridenour, of Cape Coral, Fla.; six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister, Betty Herbst, of Leesburg, Fla.; brother, Carl “Butch”(Lois Ruese) Rabley, of Lima; sister-in-law, Pat Rabley Campbell, of Delray Beach, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in the Lima area, Florida and Georgia.
Did you know our Aunt Norma? She lived in the Elida community most of her life. She was a fun lady, loved life and loved kids, especially her son, Larry. She babysat for many children in Elida and had many friends. She loved dancing and playing cards and having a good time. She always had a smile and made us feel welcome when we were at her house. From her niece, “Thank you, Aunt Norma, for always having your back door open and giving me a place to walk to and have a snack when I missed the bus or had an activity after school.” From her great-niece, Thank you, Aunt Norma, for taking me places and letting me drink coffee, with lots of cream and sugar, with you for breakfast when I stayed over and letting me play with your earrings and choosing a pair to take home each time.”
She worked for many years at Hayes Albion, Spencerville. Norma was a life member of Immanual United Methodist Church, Elida. She moved to North Fort Myers, Fla., to live with her son and daughter-in-law in 2004.
She was proceeded in death by brothers, Lloyd Rabley, fallen in World War II, Charles “Doc”(Kathleen Eagy) Rabley, and Harold “Peck” Rabley, who had all lived in the Elida area; and brother-in-law, Herm Herbst.
Lovingly submitted in remembrance by niece, Tana Rabley Ewing and great-niece, Karlyn Kitson Blankenship.