ELK RAPIDS — Connie Jean Riddell lived 79 joyful years in Michigan, Rhode Island, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida. She last resided in Elk Rapids and Punta Gorda, Fla.
Her adult life was filled with the joys of being a U.S. Navy wife, a loving mom, an elected official, a published author, a dedicated farmer, an avid recreational boater, an active quilter and founder of the Elk Rapids First Presbyterian Church Stephen Ministry. Connie also served as a Deacon and an Elder at the church.
Connie passed away on May 31, 2014. She was born on Feb. 14, 1935, in Battle Creek, and attended Battle Creek High School, Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, George Riddell, of Elk Rapids and Punta Gorda, Fla.; her two sons, George Riddell Jr. (Jody), of Seattle, Wash., and Mark Riddell, of Onaway; and one grandson.
She was predeceased by her father, William David Crawford (1999); mother, Marie Adele Crawford (2006), of Battle Creek; and her sister, Sherry (Crawford) Hennerman (1970).
Memorial services in Michigan and Florida are pending at this time.