Ruth N. Briddell, 95, homemaker, volunteer

April 22, 2004

Ruth N. Briddell, a homemaker and church volunteer, died of complications from the flu Tuesday at Chester River Hospital Center. The former Roland Park resident was 95.

Born Ruth Norwood Ridgely in Ellicott City, she was raised in Hagerstown and in downtown Baltimore. A 1926 Hagerstown High School graduate, she earned a voice degree from the Peabody Conservatory and was a soloist with Baltimore church choirs.

She had been a member of the Greenway Garden Club, Three Arts Club of Homeland and Lovely Lane United Methodist Church.

She also was a member of Old Otterbein United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed helping with its annual fund-raiser - selling peanuts near Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mrs. Briddell was also a 58-year member of P.E.O., a Christian women's philanthropic organization.

Her husband of 56 years, C. Orville Briddell, a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. engineer, died in 1988, and Mrs. Briddell moved to Chestertown in 1993.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Park Heights Avenue and Old Court Road in Pikesville.

Survivors include a son, Charles E. Briddell of St. Michaels; two daughters Ann V. Handley of Easton and Winifred C. Cowee of Neavitt; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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