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Betty Mae Ridley

1923 - 2018
Betty Mae Ridley Obituary
Betty Mae Ridley
2-18-1923 - 4-1-2018
Betty Mae died peacefully in her home after a short illness. She was 95 years young. She will be remembered as a loving, generous, beautiful, spiritual lady who loved hats.
She was born in Walla Walla, Washington to Claire and Ethel Wilder. They moved quite often but landed in the newspaper business in Petersburg, Alaska. It was there she met Bud Clemons and they were married and had two daughters in Petersburg . They moved to Seattle where daughter, Felicie was born. Betty and Bud divorced in 1964. This is where the rest of her life began. Already in nursing, she went back to school in Prescott, Arizona and completed her nursing degree, graduating at the top of her class. She did this at 49 years young. She went on to work on Indian reservations in Arizona and Alaska for a number of years and loved every minute. When she thought she had enough social security she decided to see the world. What a better way than to join the Peace Corps. Her first assignment was Fiji. From there she went to Haiti and then Paraguay. After Peace Corps she settled in California where she made many new friends. In 2003 she moved to Boise for another lifestyle change. She was always seen walking to the VA , or to the Senior Center to volunteer. She walked to church and to the YMCA, always with a hat on, where she loved Senior Sneakers and Saturday swims. In recent years she used the Access Bus, which she loved, or her wonderful circle of friends to get her around. Most recently she volunteered at the Learning Lab and the Boise Public Library.
Betty Mae is survived by her daughters Alice Lane and Felicie Lewis. Also her grand children Rob Lane (Carrie), Kyle Lewis (Alicia), Kelsey Lewis, Pam Theile, Karen Landis, Lesley Nelson, Joey Landis and Jay Iverson.
Also by 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jane Pitrat, brother Bill Wilder, infant brother Dick Wilder, daughter Barbara Landis, son in law Bob Lane and grandson Steven Lane.
A celebration of life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 950 West State Street on Saturday April 14th at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Learning Lab of Boise, the Boise Family YMCA or the Boise Public Library.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Apr. 10, 2018
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