Selma J. Ridenour

January 13, 2023

Selma J. (Merrill) Ridenour, 84, of Frankfort, Ind., died January 13, 2023 in her home.  She was born at home on June 26, 1938 in Kirklin, Indiana to Lloyd “Doc” Merrill and Miriam Catherine (Plummer) Merrill.  She married Reldo Ross Ridenour on July 12, 1957 at the Hopewell Methodist Church and he preceded her in death on February 21, 2013

 Selma was a 1956 graduate of Michigantown High School and served as treasurer for the Michigantown High School Alumni Association for 25 years.  She previously worked for the Soil Conservation Service, H&R Block, worked 24 years in the Clinton County Surveyor’s office and served as Clinton County Surveyor from 2002 – 2004.  Selma was a previous member of Hopewell United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church and previously attended the New Life in Christ Ministries in Frankfort.  After retiring, she and Reldo became snowbirds living in Venetian Park Estates in Sarasota, Florida.  They belonged to the Ambassadair Travel Club and traveled worldwide.  She and Reldo enjoyed square dancing in the Happy Hearts Club and she was a Scout volunteer.

Memorial donations may be made in Selma’s honor to the Paul Phillippe Resource Center, 401 W. Walnut Street, Frankfort, IN 46041.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort, IN 46041.  Funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2023 at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Frankfort.  

Survived by:

Surviving are her Daughter: Monica Power of Tarpon Springs, Florida; Son: Ty Ross (LuAnn) Ridenour of Lebanon, Indiana; 2 Sisters:  Jane Crum of Middlefork, Indiana and Nancy Fisher of New Market, Indiana; 3 Grandsons:  Robert Ross Ridenour of Lebanon, Rylan Ray Ridenour of Lebanon, and Samuel Harrison Power, Jr.  of Bloomington; Foreign Exchange who are like family:  Jyri and Annele Halonen & family of Finland; and Friends:  Merie Palmer, Jacque Palmer and Joshua Palmer of Florida. 

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, and son Bret Ray Ridenour (1986).


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18 Condolences for “Selma J. Ridenour”

  1. Beth Keeney January 14, 2023 at 10:06 am

    So sorry to learn of the passing of Selma. I always enjoyed speaking with her. I liked their car and I could know when I saw it, dear Selma was close by.

    May all of your precious memories help to bring you peace.

  2. Andi Slipher January 14, 2023 at 11:59 am

    Monica, I always enjoyed running into your mom & seeing her smile.

  3. Pat Newton January 14, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    I remember having slumber parties at her house when we were in high school (although we didn’t slumber)! Also remember all the years working with her for the MHS Alumni. She will be missed. Will keep her family in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Steve & Dottie Meyérs January 14, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    We are so heartbroken right now. We have done a lot together through the years. Really going to miss her. Now she is with Reldo and in the arms of Jesus. Will forever remember our friend and sister in Christ.

  5. David Stapleton January 15, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. Monica is a great person and I hope the family knows that her friends in Tarpon Springs Florida wish all the best at this difficult time.

  6. Barb Fausett January 15, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    We will miss our friend Selma. She was a most generous woman & was always concerned for her friends welfare along with her own family. We are in prayer for the family. May our Great God give you comfort, peace & loving memories of her. We love you all. Barb & Wayne Fausett.

  7. Linda Henderson January 16, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I didn’t know her well, just met her when I moved across the street, but I liked her very much. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  8. Lynn Maish January 16, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    My thoughts and prayer for all her family and friends. Reldo and Selma are together but I know her family and friends will be sad for her going home. Thank you Selma and Reldo for your impact and memories you’ve left! RIP Selma.

  9. Marcia Dickerson January 17, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I like to think that they’re having the best time reunited with their friends and loved ones!

  10. Suilon Benjamin January 17, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    Dear Monica,
    So sorry for your loss but with faith we know she is happy in heaven with your dad & other loved ones…It has been nice reconnecting with you through water class. Sympathy Prayers from your Y Water Angel friends
    God Bless,
    Suilon & All

  11. Gina Miller January 18, 2023 at 2:28 am

    Selma was a special lady, and a dear friend with a big heart. She was much loved at VPE and will be dearly missed. I’ll miss her laugh. Prayers for comfort for her family.

  12. Molly (Fausett) Howe January 18, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    Monica and Ty, I am saddened by the news of the passing of your mother. I have so many memories of your mom and dad, such wonderful people! Prayers for comfort during these difficult times. Hugs.

  13. Laurenda Whitcomb January 18, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Selma’s passing. We enjoyed spending time with her and Reldo. Never a dull moment! We visited Selma several times in Florida after Reldo passed and always looked forward to her return in time for the Michigantown High School Alumni getogether. She will be missed by many.

    Love and prayers,
    Tom and Laurenda Whitcomb

  14. Sharon Sanson January 19, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Selma looks like you had an awesome family!! I will miss your contagious smile & orneriness! Always fun to be with & now you are safe in the arms of your Savior & Hubby. I remember when he was ill in bed & I stayed w/ith him while you did errands. We sang the 91 Psalm together & I was truly blessed!! Love you Selma

  15. Sara Curtis January 25, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    Monica, my condolences to you and all of the family on the loss of Selma. She was a very sweet lady.

  16. Evelyn Lowe January 27, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, she’s in no more pain, she’s a angel looking down on all of us. So many people cared, she was a nice person.

  17. Michael Frey January 29, 2023 at 9:08 am

    I will always remember her wonderful smile when she saw and greeted you. My prayers and love go out to the family, May God bless.
    Loving memories
    Michael Frey

  18. Phil & Gloria Crum January 29, 2023 at 10:28 am

    So sorry to hear of Selma’s passing. With sincere sympathies.

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