Marlane (Marla) Ridinger

AUGUST 7, 1945 – DECEMBER 25, 2023


Marlane (Marla) Ridinger, beloved wife of 55 years, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on December 25, 2023, in Gold River, BC, at the age of 78, with family at her side.

Marlane was born on August 7, 1945, to her parents, Arnold and Mildred Daberkow, in West Point, Nebraska, USA. Marlane spent her first 18 years on the family farm, being the third oldest of seven sisters and two brothers. Marlane attended St. John’s College in Kansas from 1963-1965, then moved to Edmonton for a job at Grace Lutheran Church.

August and Marlane met in Edmonton through mutual Concordia College friends and married
in 1968. They spent time in New Westminster, Tahsis, Fort Langley, and settled in Gold River in 1981. Marlane became Marla, as August’s pet name became the norm. Marla cherished her years working at Ray Watkins Elementary School, doing the books for Ridinger and Cooke Log Scaling Services Ltd., volunteering at the Hospital Auxiliary, and gained many lifelong friends through work, curling, walking, art classes, and weekly
Shanghai games. Marla was predeceased by her son, Jason Ridinger, and sister, Evon Jensen. Marla will be dearly missed but will live on in the hearts of the countless family members and friends who experienced her loving and lively zest for life.

We are very thankful for the amazing service and support that Marla received from the doctors, nurses,
and staff at the Gold River Clinic and Campbell River Hospital.

There will be a celebration of Marla’s life at a later date to be announced.

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19 thoughts on “Marlane “Marla” Ridinger”

  1. So sad to hear of this, Marla was always cheery, smiling and positive! She will be missed in Gold River.
    Condolences to all.
    RIP Marla!

  2. Condolences to August and Janinne and the rest of her extended family. She was a real lady and will be missed.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear this, wonderful lady, always smiling. My sincere condolences to her family ❤️

  4. Jennifer Holbrook

    So very sorry to hear of this. Marla was our next-door neighbour for many years and was a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with August and family.

  5. Howard & Caroline Shillito

    Sincere Condolences to the Ridinger family Marla was a wonderful woman and will be sadly missed by all

  6. Pam and Vivian Wylie

    Our sincerest condolences to Marla’s family. She was a lovely lady, always had a smile.

  7. Wayne and Kathleen Keil

    We were so very sad to hear about Marla’s passing. She was an amazing person and colleague. Never had a mean word to say about others. She will be missed by so many people. Especially the children she wired with over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with August, Jeanine and the family.

  8. Deb and Mick Mann,
    We are so sad to hear of Marla’s passing. Sending much love to August and family.

  9. I am so very sorry to see this. Mrs. Ridinger was such a beautiful person and an absolute joy to talk to. She will be so very missed.
    My colondolensce to her family during this heartbreaking time.

  10. So sorry to hear that Marla passed away. She was a wonderful person and a great friend to so many. I really enjoyed my time working with her. She was a true asset to the elementary school in Gold River. She loved the children and they so loved her. She will always be remembered as being a lovely person, a great teacher and a true friend.

  11. My condolences to the entire family. Marla was such a kind and gentle and giving woman. She will be missed by so many friends as well as family. Rest well, sweet lady.

  12. So very sorry for your loss. I understand loss wholeheartedly and am here for you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  13. Sincere condolences to August, Janine, all of Marla’s family and friends. We have lost a beautiful member of our community. So sorry for your loss, hugs to you all.
    ❤️Angela Frame

  14. I have wonderful childhood memories with our sweet aunt Marla. My cousin Sherri and I loved visiting her and my uncle August, backing cookies with Marla, (most of the dough didn’t make it to the oven) going crabbing, -what an adventure- and enjoying a wonderful crab dinner, wandering through the tombstones in the old graveyard near their house. She was so kind, selfless and adored by all of us.

  15. Marla was such a beautiful and gentle soul and was a huge presence in our family. Such happy memories of us all at 214. Grandparents, brothers and sisters, daughter in laws , sons in law and endless nieces and nephews. The masses spread through out the house and the beautiful back yard. The best memories for sure.

  16. Seija Parnanen Matthews

    My heart is heavy to hear this. Sending my love to her family, she was lovely woman…always smiling,🩷

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