Juanette De Ridgdill

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Juanette De (nee Thorndyke) (Imhoof) Ridgdill, 80, passed away on June 6, 2014 after a long struggle with dementia. Juanette was born on August 26, 1933 in Los Angeles, CA. Her family
later moved to the Long Beach, CA area where she attended and graduated from the local schools. After graduating from high school she attended California State University in Los Angeles and received her Registered Nurse degree from that academic facility. Perhaps more significant was the fact that it was here that she met her husband-to-be, Neal Imhoof. The nurses-to-be had been invited to a dance at a fraternity located on the campus of USC where Neal was a student. They were married in 1953. After receiving her RN degree Juanette worked for the Los Angeles County Health Department. After Neal graduated from USC and they were married, they moved to Redington Beach, FL. But that stay was short-lived and they moved to Winter Park so as to be closer to NASA where most of Neal's customer's were located. Juanette immediately went to work as an RN. She spent many years as the nurse for Rollins College. While there she received a Masters Degree in Counseling. Juanette was well known for her running ability. She competed in many track events including two marathons at Disney World. She entered and competed in over 100 recognized track events winning a fair share of the events despite her small size. In 1995 Juanette and Neal decided to take a year-long trip around the world. Neal was a devout golfer and it was his desire to play golf all the way around the world. So while Neal played golf Juanette would explore the art world. He had been diagnosed as having pulmonary fibrosis and they knew that the completion of the trip was problematic. Nonetheless while she planned the trip Neal disposed of the assets of his business; sold their condominium in Winter Park; sold most of the household items and stored the rest; and then the two of them hopped aboard a plane and headed west. Eleven months later they were in Spain when Neal's condition worsened and it became necessary for them to return to the United States for medical treatment for Neal. In 2000 they decided to move again. This time it was to New Smyrna Beach, a small coastal city where they had previously owned a beach condo. Juanette immediately became involved with two of the activities that she loved to participate in: track and art. She was very active in both, holding responsible positions in each activity. They also became very active in the Yacht Club and Juanette was elected secretary of the Ladies group. Juanette was always a strong supporter of her church. She became a Eucharistic Minister and was very instrumental in the conduct of services at St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church in New Smyrna Beach. In 2003 Juanette and Neal celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Juanette had stored her wedding dress and to the consternation of many that had been at the wedding the dress still fit her perfectly. Meanwhile Neal was becoming fragile from the effects of pulmonary fibrosis. But he did manage to dance a shortened version of "The Wedding March". A short time later Neal passed away. In 2006 Juanette remarried to Dr. J. R. Ridgdill, her next-door neighbor whose wife had also died from pulmonary fibrosis. Given that they both loved to travel, they set about visiting places that they had not been before. Juanette never gave up her desire to exercise, her love for art. and her devotion to her church. Regardless of where they were she could always find a means for satisfying those needs in her life. Juanette was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, and one son, Karl, who died at age two. She is survived by her husband, Dr. J. R. Ridgdill; her two sons, Mark (Midori) of Maitland, FL and Jon (Allison) of Queenstown, New Zealand; and step-son Richard (Yvette) of Little Elm, TX. Celebration of Life service will be 12:00 noon Monday, June 16, 2014 at St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, with the Reverend James Scott Spencer, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in her name to: St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, 4220 Saxon Dr., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. Condolences may be made online at www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com

"I have a feeling that there is one more star up in the sky tonight Even though it is far away, The warmth and brightness reach us here, To make the night a little less dark."


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 13, 2014
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