Irene Ruth Riding

October 04, 1929 - November 05, 2021


Obituary For Irene Ruth Riding

It is with great sadness, that the family announces the passing of Irene Ruth Riding, resident of Valleyview, AB, on Friday, November 5, 2021, at the age of 92 years.

Irene was born on October 4, 1929, in Dauphin, MB. She was the eldest of four daughters to Robert “Bob” and Mary McNaughton. In 1953, she married Leslie Riding. Irene and Leslie farmed in the Darwen district of DeBolt, AB, until their retirement in 1992.

Irene taught school in Goodwin, DeBolt, and Crooked Creek areas from 1951 until her retirement in 1986. In 2003, Irene and Leslie moved to Shepherd’s Village in Valleyview.

Irene leaves to mourn: her sister Evelyn Johner of Yarrow, BC; her daughter Anne (Roger) Rieger of Crooked Creek, AB, and their family Sean (Michelle), Tannis, Kaden and Quinn; Bradley (Wendy), Dom and Blu; Erin Rieger; daughter Laurrie (Ken) Rieger of DeBolt and their family Jana Rieger; Grant (Leanne), Emily, Rylee and Carson; son Blaine of Spirit River, AB.

Irene was predeceased by her husband Leslie in 2005; parents Bob in 1974 and Mary in 1999; as well as sisters Vera MacDonald in 1974 and Alice Greentree in 2017.

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 1:00pm, at DeBolt Cemetery.

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  • 12/06/2023

    The day her loving heart stopped beating the world definitely lost a treasure. Rest easy my friend, I will always fondly remember your kindness and wisdom.

  • 11/28/2021

    To Blaine and your sisters, Very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She and my mom were good friends. I was fortunate to have Mrs. Riding as my grade 6 teacher at Ridgevalley School. You all must have been so proud of her as she was one of the best teachers I ever had. I believe she is visiting with my dad in heaven. He arrived there in July so can show her the ropes! May you fully grieve her loss and find peace in your memories.

  • 11/28/2021

    Mrs. Riding was actually my Home Ec. teacher for a while, when I was in junior high at Ridgevalley. We had so much fun in that class. Our condolences to all of Irene's family. Mary and George Morrison

  • 11/19/2021

    Condolences to all of Mrs. Riding's family, so sorry for your loss. She taught me in school, a wonderful teacher.

  • 11/16/2021

    Condolences to the family. Irene taught my wife MaryEllen when the family lived in Debolt. Al & MaryEllen MacGregor

  • 11/15/2021

    Very sorry to hear of your loss Laurrie and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all Sandra and Dwayne Van Schaick

  • 11/10/2021

    Thinking of you and your family, Anne. Marie Johnson

  • 11/09/2021

    Irene Riding was my inspiration for becoming a teacher. She was a tall, striking looking woman who did not tolerate nonsense nor laziness in her classroom. She taught me 5th grade at Ridgevalley and I came to adore her. She was strict but so fair and had a great sense of humour. She always read to us right after the lunch break and I fell in love with reading, becoming a voracious reader. I wanted to grow up to be just like her. Years later I had the privilege of being a colleague when we both taught at Ridgevalley. Her influence as an educator touched generations. Rest easy Mrs. Riding, you will be so missed by so many. Roxie Chapman

  • 11/09/2021

    Our deepest condolences to all of Irene's family and loved ones. Irene was a very genuine, compassionate and caring lady - she will never be forgotten. Ray and Barb Newman

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