Belva J. (McKinley) Oldridge (1929 - 2012)

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WINTHROP– Belva J. Oldridge, 82, of Winthrop died Monday morning, Nov. 19 at her home near Winthrop with her family at her side.
Belva was born on Dec. 4, 1929, in Cedar Rapids the daughter of Merton and Marian L. (Hoffman) McKinley. She was raised in the Independence area and moved with her family to Creston where she graduated from the Creston High School in 1948. Following her graduation she returned to Independence and became employed as a telephone operator with Northwestern Bell. On May 9, 1953 she was united into marriage to Dean Duane Oldridge in the Little Brown Church, Nashua. The couple farmed in the Quasqueton area. Following the death of her husband on Aug. 12, 1977, Belva became employed with the Mental Health Institute in Independence as a switchboard operator/ receptionist for over 20 years and later as a receptionist with the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.
Belva was a member of the Quasqueton Historical Society, preformed many hours of volunteer work and mentoring in the Independence and Quasqueton area. She loved to travel and watching sports, especially those sports her children and grandchildren were involved in.
She is survived by three daughters; Kenda (Gene) Bagby, Independence, Kamie Oldridge, Hiawatha, and Kelly (Bob) Griswold, Winthrop, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a sister Evelyn (John) Orr, Omaha, Neb.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Dean D. Oldridge.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, with Rev. John Sheda officiating. Friends called from 9 a.m. till services Friday at the Funeral Home. Burial was held in the Quasqueton Cemetery, Quasqueton, following which the family will celebrate her life with a reception at Wolfey's Wapsi Outback in Quasqueton.
For more information or to leave an on-line condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 21 to Dec. 8, 2012