Izora C. Rideout, a retired Social Security Administration analyst who was active in her church, died of a rare condition, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Aug. 14 at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Owings Mills resident was 79.
Born in Vaughan, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the Rev. Sam B. Clanton, a clergyman, and his wife, Alma Clanton. The youngest of 13 siblings, she was a 1957 graduate of Warren County High School in Wise, North Carolina. She moved to Baltimore in 1958 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.
After working in a Gay Street department store, she became a computer card punch operator at the Social Security Administration. She later held other positions, including technical controller. Family members said she had a strong work ethic and soon was named a communications specialist and team leader.
Mrs. Rideout received honors and awards for her “outstanding work performance” and her “no nonsense, soft-spoken, yet committed leadership approach.”
She retired about 15 years ago as a Social Security Administration systems analyst.
She enjoyed music, travel and spending time with friends.
“She had an outgoing personality and she wanted things done in an orderly fashion," said her sister, Vergie Pope of Columbia. "She was always very particular about the details.”
Services were held Aug. 19 at Charity Community Church in Gwynn Oak, where she sang in the choir and worked in finance ministry. She was a member of Sacred Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church on Denison Street, where her deceased sister, Bishop Bertha Greene, had been pastor. She was also a former member of the Christian Community Church of God.
Her husband of more then 25 years, Charles “Chuck” Rideout, who worked in bus transportation, died in 2015.