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Valhalla Funeral Home & Valhalla Memory Gardens

698 Winchester Rd Ne, Huntsville, AL

OBITUARY

Mamie Belle Rideout

October 30, 1924August 25, 2019

Mamie Belle Rideout passed away of natural causes on 8/25/2019.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Kenneth Rideout of 68 years. She is survived by her sons, Dennis and his wife Pam of Gurley, AL, Garry and his wife Carol of Verona, NJ, and Monta Middleton of Scant City, AL; grandchildren, John, Carl, and Rebecca and great-grandson, Donovan.

Born to Hardy Mac and Irene McWilliams in Atlanta TX, Mamie was raised by Mamie and Albert Johnson and grew up in Queen City TX. Mamie Johnson was Hardy Mac’s brother. After the McWilliams had 5 girls Hardy Mac told his sister if they “have another girl she could just have her!” The Johnsons could not have children so during the depression they took in Mamie to help out the family.

After WWII Mamie worked at Red River Arsenal where she met Ken Rideout and they married in 1951. Ken and Mamie moved to Huntsville in 1955 at the start of the Space Age. They settled on Monte Sano and were members of Monte Sano Methodist Church. She was a Red Cross volunteer for 37 years and a long-time member of Monte Sano Garden Club and Mountaineers.

She will be greatly missed by her family and community.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 10-11am at Valhalla Funeral Home. Funeral Services will begin at 11am in Valhalla's Chapel. Entombment will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens in the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum. Please leave fond memories and condolences for the entire Rideout family at www.valhallafunerals.com.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Memories

Mamie Belle Rideout

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Mary Moreillon

September 1, 2019

I have such wonderful memories of Mamie. I served with her at the Red Cross from 1986 until she retired from volunteering. As the Director of Volunteers, I worked closely with her area of service, the front desk at the chapter. We had enjoyable conversations, she brought me back info from the Teddy Bear Museum in Naples Florida, we exchanged recipes and numerous small gifts and she was always so much fun to be around. She enjoyed the volunteer ceremonies and loved watching the staff pay tribute to the volunteers in so many entertaining ways. She was pleasant and courteous as a front desk volunteer. I treasure these memories and express my condolences to her family.

Ed Glenn

August 28, 2019

Knowing that it is coming, doesn’t make the passing of a parent any easier. The Rideout family was like a second family for me including both adventures and mis-adventures! Mr. and Mrs. Rideout always treated me like I belonged. Whenever I was in town, they would ask about the kids, what we and they were up to and they would fill me in on what their family was doing.
Two memories which come to mind. Mrs. Rideout secretly picked me up at the airport for Christmas leave from the Navy. She and I surprised my mom when we walked into her kitchen. Good thing that frozen corn didn’t land on Mom’s foot! And when I sent her a post card from Yosemite saying that I was discharged and headed home, Mrs. Rideout painted me a picture. Hopefully, I can get it up-loaded. That picture creates a permanent memory of a wonderful family and two fine friends.
Peace and blessings,
Ed Glenn

Allison Lewis

August 27, 2019

I knew Ken and Mamie from church and the neighborhood. I grew closer to them in recent years and adored them. I'm pretty sure I told them that I loved them. I hope they knew. I really do miss them both.

Tom Derington

August 27, 2019

Beautiful obit. We all claim Mamie as one of our own Mountain Moms. They gave us an ideal childhood environment. Mamie and Ken taught us how to live a proper life. Their example goes to the root of who I am. God bless her, and all of you. - Tom Derington

Nancy Bonds Meeks

August 27, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I remember Mrs. Rideout fondly. Living on Monte Sano was such a joy and having this family as friends to our family was part of the joy. Going to school with her children, I have such good memories and summers visiting each other was great. I know she will be missed dearly.

Jacqueline Serocki

August 27, 2019

Dennis & Pam, please accept our condolences. May she rest in peace.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY