Ruth Fridley, beloved mother and grandmother, and a resident of the Big Bend Healthcare Center, Valley Park, Missouri, passed away on Jan. 18, 2017, after a long illness.
Ruth was born Ruth V. Kirby in Armstrong, Missouri in 1926, the oldest of seven children. In 1947, she married Stanley Fridley and the couple made their home in the Moberly and Huntsville areas while raising their five children. In the late 1960’s they moved to Warrenton where Mr. Fridley was employed by the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and then to Union where he worked in real estate.
After she raised her children, Ruth went to college. In 1972, Ruth received an associate arts degree at East Central Junior College in Union, and in 1984 she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, where she continued to live for 25 years after her husband’s death.
Ruth loved music and sang in her church choir in nearly every place she made her home. She was especially active at the Zion United Church of Christ, Union, and later at Central United Church of Christ in Jefferson City. In her later years she taught at public schools in the Jefferson City area, performed in community theatre, and dabbled in the arts. She was proud of her “Master Toastmaster” award, which she received after being an active member of Toastmasters International for 25 years. Ruth was an excellent swimmer, and she especially loved to go dancing.
Ruth is survived by her five children: Janice Huque of Maryland (Mohammad); Patricia Murphy of Texas; Dale Fridley of Arizona (Mary Jane); Daniel Fridley of Missouri (Marsha); and Douglas Fridley of Florida (Debbie). Ruth is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two sisters, two brothers, many nieces and nephews, and several grand nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Oltmann Funeral Home, 103 North Church Street, Union, Missouri, on Friday, Jan, 27, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with funeral services there at the funeral home the next day, Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., and burial in the Zion Cemetery, N. Washington Avenue, Union.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Big Bend Healthcare Center for their kind and compassionate care of Ruth during her nearly seven years as a resident there. A thank-you goes out, as well, to the staff of SSM Health for their kind assistance with hospice care.