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Laura Mae Winget Ridgill

18 May 1933- 29 December 2009

Laura Mae Winget Ridgill, 76, of 411 Holloway Street, Pomaria, SC quietly passed away at home on 29 December 2009 after a brief illness.

Born 18 May 1933 in Mulkeytown, Illinois, she was the youngest child of the late William and Sophie (Bandy) Winget. Mrs. Ridgill, co-owner (retired) of Central Industrial Supply Company was an advocate for responsible government and involved in numerous civic and political organizations. She served as past President of the Columbia Woman’s Club, past President and Secretary Treasurer of Women in Construction and was elected and served three terms as Mayor of Pomaria, SC after moving with her family from Columbia, SC. In addition, she served most recently as Vice-President of Citizens for Responsive Government working tirelessly to help defeat the rezoning of land for the purposes of a controversial landfill in her community. Mrs. Ridgill was an avid gardener and bridge enthusiast. She was a member of 32 years of the Pomaria Bridge Club where she developed and nurtured a network of loving lifelong friends.

Mrs. Ridgill is predeceased by her husband of 50 years Robert O. Ridgill, two sisters and two brothers. She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Ridgill Chandler of Columbia, Denise Ridgill Fowler of Spartanburg, SC, and four grandchildren: Jared Miller, Laura Grace Andrews Arecco (Edward Arecco), Jonathan Murray and Ashlee Fowler. In addition she is survived by her beloved nephew William (Bill) Winget and his wife, Marva of Mulkeytown, IL.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, 2 January at 11:00am at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry, SC. A private burial for the immediate family will be held later that afternoon at the family cemetery in Manning, SC.

The family will be at home at 411 Holloway Street, Pomaria, SC from 4-7pm Friday, 1 January. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Beebe, 181 Tailers Trail, Leesville, SC 29070.

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#5 Guest 2010-01-06 07:58
Deborah, Denise and families, I am so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I know it is very difficult, as I have lost both of my parents in the last 16 months. Mama and Daddy both loved your parents very dearly and had many good times together. My faith reminds me that they are all together and are laughing again together as they often did in days past. May God's love and peace provide comfort to you during this time.
#4 Guest 2010-01-02 18:44
We only had the oppurtunity to meet Laura a few times but knew immediately she was a powerful and interesting woman. So glad we had that time. Denise, Laura and Ashlee we pray for peace and love to cover your family. Love you lots, Glenn, Faune, Matt and Margot.
#3 Guest 2010-01-01 18:51
I will always remember Mrs. Laura for her willingness to open her home for her community's enjoyment. She was a joy to be around, and I always learned something new when talking with her. I offer my sympathy to her entire family.
#2 Guest 2009-12-29 23:32
The Town of Pomaria is thinking about you during this time of sadness. Laura will truly be missed.

Town of Pomaria,
Darryl Hentz, Mayor; Councilmen: Richard Ringer, Jimmy Wilson, Jim Redden, Billy Fanning and Town Clerk: Melinda Long
#1 Guest 2009-12-29 16:03
Dear Denise, Laura, Ashley and family - I am very sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother and am thinking about you all. Please let me know if there is anything that you need.