Elsie R. Ridge, 96, Tiverton

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Elsie R. (Davidson) Ridge, 95, wife of the late James A. Ridge, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Forest Farm Health Care Center.  Born in Westport, she was daughter of the late Robert W. and Ina A. (Lawton) Davidson. She was a lifetime resident of Tiverton.

She graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School, Class of 1936, and then attended Thibodeau’s Business College.  After graduating she was employed by the former James Kane Accounting before starting her own accounting business from which she retired in 1982.

After her retirement Mrs. Ridge enjoyed traveling and spending many happy hours working in her gardens.  She was a lifetime member of the former Central Baptist Church in Tiverton and Matron of the former Eureka Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and Corporator Emeritus of The Bank of Newport.  She was also a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Tiverton Land Trust and Save The Bay, having been one of the founding members of Save Our Community which led to Save The Bay.

She leaves two sons, Preston J. Ridge of New York, NY, and Keith Ridge of Tiverton; a niece, Martha J. (Davidson) Belliveau of Somerset, Mass., and a nephew Robert W. Davidson of St. Petersburg, Fla., and their families.  She was the sister of the late Milton A. Davidson of Somerset and the late Mertis E. (Davidson) Negus of Tiverton.

Her kind words and cheerful spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to: Tiverton Land Trust, PO Box 167, Tiverton, RI 02878, or Save The Bay at www.savebay.org.

Private services under the direction of the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road, Westport will be held.

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