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Marian Lee Ridgway
Marian Lee RidgwayRidgway-100Marian Lee Ridgway, 95 of LaRue, died peacefully Sunday afternoon June 11, 2023 at her home.

She was born September 4, 1927 in Findlay to the late Otis and Myra (Imber) Friddell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John F. Ridgway, they were married March 28, 1948 at the LaRue UM Church and he died May 28, 2010. She was also predeceased by siblings, Janet Spohn, Audrey Harshberger, Marcelle Vida, Kenneth and Harold Friddell.

Marian’s life was dedicated to three things, her family, her work and her community. She was the owner of Ridgway Hatchery, a 100-year business in LaRue. She has given her time and talents to her family’s business, working alongside her husband John and her son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Micky. It has been a true family business. Marian greatly enjoyed the farming aspect of their business.
She was proud that her family had donated the ground to the village which has become the Ridgway Park on Front St. and the ground that the new dollar store sits on uptown. John had started and maintained the beautiful flag program throughout the town. Marian continued on with this following John’s passing.
She enjoyed music and played the piano. Marian also was a strong supporter of the DAV.

Surviving are her children, Rondalee (Michael) Ballinger of Gardnerville, Nevada, Dean Mel (Micky) Ridgway of LaRue and Annette Oke of Pittsburgh, PA.
Grandchildren, Rex (Nicole) Ballinger and Nicholas (Courtney) Ballinger
Great grandchildren, Jude, Zane, Ana and John Tate Ballinger
Sister, Luella Dunlap of Fort Pierce, Florida

Funeral services celebrating Marian’s Life will be held Wednesday June 21, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue, Rev. Scott Sloan will officiate. Burial will follow in the LaRue Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5-7 pm at the funeral home in LaRue.

Memorial gifts may be made to the L.C.A., (LaRue Community Alliance) Po Box 203 LaRue, Ohio 43332

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: Paul McMahan
Pueblo Colorado
Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 5:06 PM

I remember Marion as always being in the Hatchery office and always with a smile on her face. She was a member of the Greatest Generation.  Me and the other “boomers” are fortunate and honored to have been raised by her generation.

#2 from: JJ Appelfeller
Fort Worth, Texas
Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 5:52 PM

Ronda, Dean, Annette, Mike, Micky, and all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sitting here with tears flowing. Thinking of all of the times seeing that huge beautiful smile. She always made time to visit with me. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her. Please accept Lisa and my heartfelt condolences. Love you all! JJ and Lisa Appelfeller

#3 from: Dan and Judy Kirkpatrick
Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 6:01 PM

Our condolences to Dean, Mic and family. Love and prayers

#4 from: Fred Smith
Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 6:26 PM

My condolences to the family good people

#5 from: Rita Lou Rubeck Headington Parker
Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 6:39 PM

My sincere condolences to the Ridgeway family.  Never forget the wonderful memories. Rita Rubeck Headington Parker, EHS Media Specialist 1965-1996

#6 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, Texas
Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 8:53 PM

Ronda & Family - Prayers and continue to keep the sweet memories alive. Becky Jacobs Rynders Abilene, Tx

#7 from: Chuck Webster
Hudson, Fl.
Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 9:35 PM

So sorry for your loss.

Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 11:37 PM


#9 from: Gail DeGood-Guy & Tom Guy
Richwood, ohio
Thu, Jun 15, 2023 at 6:44 AM

We are so sorry for your loss.   What an extraordinary woman who did so much for her family and gave so much to her community.   Please accept our deepest sympathies.  

#10 from: Dan and Judy Kirkpatrick
Thu, Jun 15, 2023 at 8:08 AM

Our condolences to Dean, Mic and family. Love and prayers

#11 from: Joan Wagner
Thu, Jun 15, 2023 at 9:46 AM

I always enjoyed talking with Marian and Dean when you would come to the Plaza Inn.  May God wrap his loving arms around the family. God bless.

#12 from: Evelyn Dix Porter
Dahlonega, GA
Thu, Jun 15, 2023 at 10:14 AM

Ronda, Micky and family,  may God wraps his arms around you during this time.  Sending hugs and prayers.

#13 from: Denny& Vickie Beckett
New Bloomington
Thu, Jun 15, 2023 at 4:33 PM

So sorry to hear about Marian's passing she was a wonderful lady

#14 from: Pastor Stephen Whitaker
Thu, Jun 15, 2023 at 7:43 PM

You will be greatly missed by so many. Thank you for your families love and dedication to your community.We are lifting you all up in Prayer.

#15 from: Nancy Scott
Sat, Jun 17, 2023 at 11:33 AM

My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Aunt Marian will be missed. I have some wonderful memories...spending Christmas with Aunt Marian and Uncle John and my cousins and most of all Thanksgivings in LaRue with a houseful of family and little kids and Thanksgivings in Fort Pierce at the pool. What a great time we had! Thanks to technology (Echo) it was a blessing to get to see and talk to her nearly every day over the past year. Love, Nancy Scott

#16 from: Stevie
Sat, Jun 17, 2023 at 9:06 PM

Rhonda, Dean, Annette and families, my heart goes out to you and your great loss. What a life , what a woman . She was definitely the glue of your family. Such a strong , sweet  lady. Oh “garsh “ always will remember the way she said that, loved it. Love you all.

#17 from: Robyn Jones Hahnert
Columbus, Ohio --  originally from LaRue
Mon, Jun 19, 2023 at 11:57 AM

Ronda, Dean, Annette and the entire Ridgway family.  Hopefully you remember me -- Robyn Jones, Bob and Rayda's daughter.  I just wanted to share my deepest sympathies in your mother's passing.  Your mom has always been Aunt Marian to me.  I have so many great memories of her.  I worked for her on several Christmas breaks during college and law school at the hatchery, running that old address machine to get the mailings ready for the new year.  She taught me to ski one summer when we spent a week with all of you at Coldwater Lake.  It took forever, but she was so patient.  After everyone else had given up, she worked with me every day.  Finally, on the very last day we were there. I made it up on those skis!  To this day, I remember her laugh and her encouraging words.  I know you will miss her so much, but I pray all of the good and wonderful memories you have will sustain you in the years to come.

#18 from: Joseph Derringer
Tue, Jun 20, 2023 at 9:09 AM


#19 from: Char Dunlap
Ft Pierce FL
Tue, Jun 20, 2023 at 10:24 AM

My heart is with all of my cousins and their families as we remember a lifetime of unforgettable experiences. From Christmas in Toledo (watching Lawrence Welk) to so many huge, fun, and delicious Thanksgiving gatherings, to our regular Alexa Show chats over the past year, "Auntie M" (she loved it when I called her that and always smiled) was unforgettable. We had great fun on many FL to OH and back again road trips, passing the hours with family stories and Car Karaoke at the top of our voices. And there were good times with the "Bling Sisters" (Marian & Lu) at the Hard Rock Casino, where they would get all gussied up and play the slots till long after we "kids" had gone to bed. Good times. Sending love and hugs. Char

#20 from: Karen (Kirby) Smith
Lakeland, FL
Tue, Jun 20, 2023 at 1:34 PM

My condolences to the Ridgeway family, especially thinking of Ronda & Mike. We're never ready to give up a parent, no matter their age! Prayers for your peace.

#21 from: Wendy Crabtree
Wed, Jun 21, 2023 at 2:58 AM

Sorry for your loss. Marian struck me as a strong woman with a savvy presence.

#22 from: Mary Lee
Mon, Jun 26, 2023 at 1:55 PM

This message is a bit late, I've been out of town, but very very sincere. Sorry to hear of the loss of Marian, she was a rock in the community. She can rest in peace knowing that she leaves a wonderful family to carry on her legacy.

#23 from: Rebecca (Becky) McClaskey
Marion, Ohio
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 2:48 PM

Annette, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember so fondly how welcome your mom made me feel when I would come over and play at your house. We would run around in the hatchery and then go upstairs to listen to music. May your mom rest in peace.

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