Donna Kaye Maria Tidrow Cridlin

March 5, 1935April 30, 2012

Donna Kaye Maria Cridlin age 77 died peacefully at her home in Brown County on Monday, April 30. Born March 5, 1935 in San Diego, CA., to Dan & Sheila Irma Tidrow, she attended Herbert Hoover High School, & graduated in 1953. Donna married Fred D. Cridlin of Leona Mines, VA. On February 3, 1961 in a civil service in San Diego. She lived in San Diego, Indianapolis, & moved to Brown County in 1971. Prior to marriage Donna attended San Diego State University & worked as an insurance adjuster for Traveler’s Insurance in California. After she married, she worked primarily as a homemaker, but held several volunteer & community offices as well. Donna & Fred had a family farm on Lick Creek Road where they raised cattle & swine. She was a member & president of Cottonwood Homemakers Assoc. she was leader of 4-H Club the Lick Creek Love Bugs & an active 4-H Open Class Fashion Review participant for many years. She was a teacher’s aide at Helmsburg Elementary School where she helped with reading skills. She was a member of the Helmsburg Parent Teacher Assoc. & was active in school fundraisers & activities. Donna was elected to the office of Jackson Twp. Trustee which she held for four years. In 1981 she & Fred purchased Lawson’s Market & renamed it Need More Grocery. She sold food, snacks, sundries, & bait & provided free entertainment at the store until her retirement in 2006. Donna was an accomplished seamstress & fiber artist. She was a gifted speaker & storyteller & was commemorated on several occasions for her adventures & antics by the late Larry Incollingo of the Bloomington Herald Times & in his short stories. Survivors include her husband, Fred, son, David Cridlin, & daughter, Sheila Blake all of Nashville. Her grandchildren, Dayna Lance, Julita Cridlin, Shelby Blake, & David Scott Cridlin, Jr. Donna was expecting her first great grandchild, David Alan Garrison, III, “Trey” in June. Donna was preceded in death by her parents & her sister BeBe Crow of San Diego. Donna was a member of Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville. Services will be held Friday, May 4 at 11:00 A. M. at Saint Agnes Catholic Church, 1008 McClary Road, Nashville. Burial will follow at Weeping Willow Cemetery, Beanblossom. Relatives & friends are welcome to visit the family at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, Nashville on Thursday, May 3 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Memorial contributions are welcome at, Alzheimer’s Assoc., P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D. C. 20090-6011 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK. 73123-1718. Thanks to Indiana University Health Bloomington 2North nurses & staff as well as the staff of Bell Trace Rehabilitation Center for their help & support. In lieu of cut flowers, the family requests floral arrangements in the form of perennial plants that can be dedicated in her honor. Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. On line condolences may be sent to the family at


  • Funeral Friday, May 4, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, May 3, 2012

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Buff Brown

May 3, 2012

David and family - So sorry to hear of your loss. I stopped by your store last week and your wife informed me that your mother was not doing well. Peace to you and your family.

May 3, 2012

I enjoyed stopping at the NeedMore Grocery on my way home from Helmsburg Elementary for a candy bar or other treat. Donna was always friendly and a joy to engage in conversation.

Jim Berbeco (Mr. B)

Eva Michelle Walker

May 3, 2012

Donna will be miss very much & she will never be forgotten. My family has loved her for a long daughter rembers being a young girl skating to the store and Donna said take the skates off to come in and Lynda said I did not bring shoes Donna said take the skates off and get in the store.Becky and David you have done a great job with the store and taking care of Donna & Fred.

Billy and Kyla Porter

May 3, 2012

I loved Donna the first day I met her in 1992 @ NeedMore Grocery. I know she will be missed by all and our hearts go out to you all. David and Becky, you two have done a fine job with the store and I know Donna was proud of you both. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

May 2, 2012

To all the Cridlins,
Donna was one of a kind! We always enjoyed her tremendous energy, wit and caring. Our thoughts are with you.
Andy & Nancy Szakaly

Jo Weston

May 2, 2012

Donna patiently spent time showing me how to do some arts and crafts, holiday decorations, etc. She also pierced me ears for me! Lots of fond memories. Rest peacefully, without pain now.

May 2, 2012

David and Sheila, I'm very sorry for your loss. It is never easy but your memories, family and friends will give you strength. I'll be thinking of you and keep you in my prayers. Donna will be missed by all. Be strong.

Anita (neice)


May 1, 2012

Aunt Donna, I remember you doing my hair when I was a preteen ...