Susan Boardman Ridley, 83, passed away on Oct. 5, 2012, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., after an extended illness.
Preceded in death by her parents, Granville S. and Elisabeth Ridley; a sister, Mildred (Sissy) Stewart; and two children, Richard E. Green, Jr., and Sumner Green-Winkjer.
She is survived by her daughter, Elisabeth (James) Mondala, of Chicago, Ill.; and son, John M. Green, of Murfreesboro; her sister, Florence H. Ridley, of Murfreesboro; six grandchildren; four nieces and nephews; numerous cousins and extended family, and many dear friends.
Born Dec. 23, 1928, and raised in Murfreesboro, Sue attended Central High School, Stewart Hall School, and Randolph-Macon College, and graduated in 1950 from Vanderbilt University. She also earned a master's of library science degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, First Families of Tennessee and the Charity Circle. She was also a loyal fan and generous supporter of Vanderbilt athletics, especially basketball, of the Nashville Symphony and of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, as well as the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. She was an avid bridge club member, artist, reader, and writer who loved the outdoors. Her intelligence, industry and perseverance earned her professional success and recognition in fields as varied as a teacher and librarian in the Rutherford County schools, a creative and independent entrepreneur with book stores in several cities, and as a commercial real estate investor and manager.
Susan was also a summer resident of Northern Michigan, a place for which she held a lifelong deep and abiding love, instilled by her beloved mother, and where she learned to sail, a passion to which she was devoted. Later in life, she proved herself an accomplished artist and writer.
Susan cherished her family above all and was a dedicated and loving mother, daughter and sister.
Interment will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro, followed at noon by a visitation with the family. Memorial service with pastor John Hinkle officiating will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro. A reception for family and friends will follow at First Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro.
Those wishing to remember Susan may do so with the family's deep gratitude with a contribution to the First Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro and its Historic Preservation Fund.
Service provided with the assistance of the First Presbyterian Church, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Woodfin Memorial Chapel, (615) 893-5151. www.woodfinchapel.com.