Evelyn Riddick, 90, ran boardinghouse

June 04, 2006

Evelyn Riddick, a longtime Baltimore resident who opened her home to boarders, died May 28 of natural causes at Carroll Hospital Center. She was 90 and resided at Worthington Assisted Living in Reisterstown.

She was born Evelyn Queen in Baltimore and attended Baltimore public schools.

She and her husband of nearly four decades, Goldie Riddick, lived for many years in the McCullough Homes public housing complex, where Mrs. Riddick assisted the volunteer mothers' club.

In the early 1970s, the couple moved to a large house on Frederick Avenue, which Mrs. Riddick turned into a boardinghouse. She provided housing, meals and other assistance to veterans, medical students and immigrants from Vietnam and Cambodia, among others.

She also cared for several children in the neighborhood.

"She was always taking in somebody," said her goddaughter, Elmira Thornton of Baltimore.

Ms. Thornton recalled that Mrs. Riddick had a large garden and liked to serve her residents fresh fruit and vegetables.

Ms. Thornton said, "She was feisty and she spoke her mind. She had her opinions, and she read everything. She said to me all the time to read anything and everything, because truth is everywhere."

After her husband died in 1983, Mrs. Riddick went to live with her husband's niece and her family in Green Spring Valley for more than a decade.

In 2002, she moved to Worthington, where she enjoyed recreational activities, arts and crafts and music.

A memorial service was held Friday.

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