SIDNEY - Vera Belle Fridley, 94, residing at The Gardens of Celina, formerly of Sidney, went to her heavenly home on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 4:30 a.m.
She was born on July 26, 1918, in Oran, Ohio, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary (Mills) Stump. On Aug. 15, 1941, she married Carl J. "Red" Fridley who preceded her in death Oct. 17, 1986.
She is survived by two children, Dr. John C. Fridley and wife, Marlene, of New Baden, Ill., and Nancy Heppeard and husband, Larry, of Celina; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Roscoe, Robert and Claude Stump, and five sisters, Mary Keistter, Dorothy English, Helen Sledge, Elenore Edwards and Ruth Doseck.
Mrs. Fridley graduated from Sidney High School in 1937. She served as a nurse's aide during World War II. For many years she worked at the Stolle Corp.. She later owned "The Chatterbox" restaurant, and then became a proofreader for the Amos Press (Sidney Daily News), where she retired. She was a charter member of the Women of the Moose, and a member of the Anna United Methodist Church.
In keeping with Vera's wishes, her body will be cremated.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, April 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Anna United Methodist Church, 201 W North St, Anna, with the Rev. Randy Locker officiating. Interment will follow at Pearl Cemetery in Swanders.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the church.
Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home & Crematory, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney.
Memorials may be made to Anna United Methodist Church and State of the Heart Hospice, 230 W Main St, Coldwater, OH 45828 in memory of Vera Belle Fridley.
Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Fridley family at the funeral home's website, www.cromesfh.com.
Cromes Funeral Home Inc
302 S. Main Ave. Sidney, OH 45365
Published in Sidney Daily News on Apr. 2, 2013