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

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

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

  • Thinking of you and your family, Anne. Marie Johnson

  • 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

  • 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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