Margaret Lynn Ridlehoover, 73, of Sanibel, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 after a battle with kidney disease. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Lynn was the daughter of the late Harry and Catherine Huisman. She is survived by her loving husband, Edward Ridlehoover, son Jonathan Tongyai, daughter-in-law Carolyn Tongyai, grandson Scott Tongyai, of Sanibel. Step-son and daughter-in-law Alan and Jill Ridlehoover, grandchildren Hunter and Grace, of Walnut Creek, California. Step-son and daughter-in-law Michael and Kristie Ridlehoover, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and sister Mildred Bachrach, and brother-in-law Fred Bachrach of Portland, Maine.
Lynn was born in Michigan, raised in New York and graduated from Eastchester High School. She attended Temple University and later received her teaching degree at the University of South Florida and taught at the Canterbury School in Fort Myers.
Lynn first came to Sanibel in 1972, and after the City incorporated, became the new City's first purchasing agent. She also helped plan Sanibel's first 4th of July parade. She lived in Virginia and Georgia for a time and moved back to Sanibel in 2008 where she quickly became involved in the community. Lynn volunteered for C.R.O.W, Community Housing and Resources, F.I.S.H., was a former member of Zonta, served on the Sanibel Recreation Center Finance Committee, and recently served as Vice President of P.E.O. She was a dear friend to many.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Community House on Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. at 2430 Periwinkle Way, Florida 33957