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Updated: 06/11/2014 08:00:03AM

Connie Jean Riddell

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Connie Jean Riddell, 79, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014.

She was born Feb. 14, 1935, in Battle Creek, Mich., and attended Battle Creek High School, Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

Connie lived 79 joyful years in Michigan, Rhode Island, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida. She last resided in Elk Rapids, Mich., 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.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, George Riddell of Elk Rapids and Punta Gorda; her two sons, George (Jody) Riddell Jr. of Seattle, Wash., and Mark Riddell of Onaway, Mich.; and one grandson. Connie was preceded in death by her father, William David Crawford, in 1999; her mother, Marie Adele Crawford of Battle Creek, in 2006; and her sister, Sherry (nee Crawford) Hennerman, in 1970.

Memorial services in Michigan and Florida are pending at this time.

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