Obituary of Betty Riddell
Betty “Wooten” Riddell of Covington, age 76, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, KY.
Betty was born to Gwinn and Nora Wooten on June 27, 1945 and grew up in Columbus Indiana. During her junior high years, she discovered the public library a few blocks from school which launched her love for reading. Her reading passion led to a 32-year career in the Library Science field. She worked many years at the architecturally famous main library in downtown Columbus before moving to Carrollton Ky. At the Carroll County library, she did everything to include driving a book mobile and leading the children’s story hour. She frequently cited children’s story hour as the favorite part of her career. She truly had a passion for inspiring children to read. Eventually she made her way to Northern Kentucky where she retired leading access services at Northern Kentucky University in 2008.
She met her husband Ron (Bub) at the apartment building where they both lived. The romance led to getting married at a drive through Las Vegas wedding chapel in 1998 and they settled in Latonia Ky. Ron was the spontaneous one and they frequently traveled to visit family throughout the country and beyond. Always up for an adventure.
Betty had many hobbies that included gardening, crocheting, doting on her grandchildren, and making everyone around her feel at home. She always took care of everyone else first. She is remembered as a kind, loving, hardworking, generous, smart, sweet woman with a constant focus on family. She taught her sons to work hard, take care of your family and to be thankful for what you have.
She is preceded in death by her father Gwinn, mother Nora, sister Brenda, brother Gwinn and loving husband Ron. Betty is survived by her brothers Hollis & Lavoy, Sister Peggy, two sons Gerald (Jerry) & Larry and their spouses Karry and Susan as well as grandchildren Alicia, Maranda, Sarah, Michael, Stephanie, Celia, Casey and great grandchildren, Olivia, Liliana, Kastyn, Hunter, Hadley and Harlow.
A visitation for Betty will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM at Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 11382 Madison Pike Independence, KY 41051. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Immediately following the service, Betty will be laid to rest at Independence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her name to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at ALZinfo.org or by mail to FDR Station, P.O. Box 220 New York, NY 10150.
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