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“Linda & Scott, please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your Mum. You will all always be a part of fond memories of growing up in Melrose ...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Jean (Dunklee) West

“I am so sad to loose such a sweet and kind neighbor and friend. She was a wonderful lady. When she moved I missed her but enjoyed talking to her to...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Barbara Rees - Bridgewater, MA

“Linda and Scott, your mom was a very kind, thoughtful, and caring person who always found a nice thing to say about everyone and every creature. I...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Rob Boutilier - Amherst, MA

“Louise was a wonderful mother-in-law to me, and became a family member to my relatives as well. She particularly stayed in touch with my brother,...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Valerie Langbehn - Plymouth, MA

“My thoughts,and prayers go out to your family in your time of sorrow. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Margaret Ehler - Norton, MA

“Scott and Family,Very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. May your happy family memories keep her close to you always. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Peter Tai - Reading, MA

“Linda and Scott, we are so sorry, we loved Louise so! We'll never forget Thanksgivings with her, and her intrepid trek up our barely completed stairs...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Kerry Dolan - Nashua, NH - Friend


Louise (Withee) Ridlon, a resident of Acton and formerly of Bridgewater and Melrose, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at age 90.

Louise was born in Somerville on September 23, 1926, one of two children of the late Eugene Withee and Sara K. (Brison) Withee. She was raised in Somerville where she graduated from Somerville High School, Class of 1944. Shortly after graduation, Louise began a solo journey by train to Biloxi, Mississippi where she would marry her high school sweetheart, Harold G. Ridlon. Louise and Harold lived in Melrose for many years where they raised two children, Scott and Linda, before establishing a new home in the community of Bridgewater.

As a child, Louise often returned to her familial roots in Nova Scotia, and the area forever held a special place in her heart. She and Harold purchased the home next door to the family homestead, and loved yearly summer trips back to Nova Scotia. She enjoyed traveling, particularly later in her life, with her family and friends. She enjoyed trips to the British Isles, Scandinavia, throughout Europe and the United States, and many trips to Bermuda.

At home in her free time, Louise loved gardening, and took great care of her perennial beds. She was a longtime devoted member of the Garden Club in Bridgewater, and even had her own day, April 6th, named Louise Ridlon Day for her over 30 years of service to the Club. She was very active at the Central Square Congregational Church in Bridgewater for over 30 years, and while living in Melrose at the First Baptist Church.

For Louise, family always came first. She provided continual support for her husband throughout his many academic and professional accomplishments, and created a warm and loving home for her children. She was a loyal and caring friend to many with whom she shared both good and difficult memories. She also loved her cats, especially Tabby, her constant companion for the last 8 years of her life.

From her childhood through her final days, Louise made an impact on others through her warm, caring nature, and kind heart. She was a woman who was genuinely interested in others, and will be fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Louise was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Harold G. Ridlon with whom she shared 43 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Scott A. Ridlon and his wife Carrie of Woburn, and Linda L. Ridlon and her spouse Valerie Langbehn of Plymouth. Dear sister of the late Gene Withee.

Relatives & friends are invited to gather in honor of Louise's life for her Funeral Service at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10am. Interment will follow at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.

Gifts in memory of Louise may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, 1305 Meredith Center Rd., Laconia, NH 03246.