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Sharon “Jenine” Ridge

d. November 7, 2018

Sharon “Jenine” Ridge of Chatham, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Reflections Memory Care in Chatham.

Jenine was born December 19, 1932 in San Bernardino, CA the daughter of Charles and Maurine Maloche Stone.

She is survived by three daughters; Sharon (Jim) Millburg, Shelley (Del) Jones and Lesley (Andy) Arnold; one daughter in law, Marla Ridge; five grandchildren, Dan Jones, Traci Gulin, Lori Jones, Rick Castaneda and Kirk Castaneda; five great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jenine is preceded in death by her husband, Phil Ridge, both her parents, one son, John “J.R.” Ridge and two brothers.

Jenine retired from SIU School of Medicine.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn, where she was involved with the Womens Guild. Jenine enjoyed flower gardening, watching sports and spending time with her family.

Visitation for Jenine will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9-11 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home. Services will immediately follow at 11 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home.

Burial will be held at Fancy Creek Cemetery near Sherman.

Pastor Kaufmann will be officiating.

Memorials can be given to “Land of Lincoln Honor Flight” or “Camp COCO at SIU School of Medicine.”

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the Ridge family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Shelly,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. We will express our condolences at a later date since we will not be able to make her services. Off to Chicago for Scott’s son’s wedding. Love and Hugs to you and your family❤️.

  2. Lesley, so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Thinking of you and all your family.

  3. Thoughts and prayers with the family at this time. I have many fond memories of Jenine, she will be mised, not forgotten….

  4. So sorry for your loss, I always thought Jenine was a hoot , going to High School and missed her when she left, she was unreplaceable to me. May God take away all your pain and leave, only the fondest of memories. I won’t be able to attend the services, please know I will be there in Spirit.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers for the family.

  6. So sorry to hear this. She was such a sweetheart! Hugs

  7. Sorry to hear about your mom Leslie. She was an incredible woman.

  8. Sharon,Lesley and Shelly
    Thank you for allowing us to care for Jenine
    She will be missed by everyone
    Prayers to everyone
    Reflections Memory Care

  9. Kendra and I send our thoughts and prayers for your family.

  10. Lesley & Andy, my condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Mom. You are in my prayers.

  11. Shelly, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. It’s very hard when it is your last parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Sharon, Shelly and Lesley

    We are sad to hear the loss of your dear mother. We have wonderful memories of her that touched each of our lives in many ways. She had a large presence in our daily lives at school.
    We wish you comfort in your loss.
    Steve and Teresa

  13. Ridge Family-
    So sorry to hear of Mama Ridge’s passing. Always loved the way she welcomed us into the family with you all. Quite a woman! Thinking of you all😘

  14. Sharon, Shelley, and Lesley I am so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I was just thinking of her on election day as I do every year because she was working at that polling place when I voted there the first time more than 20 years ago. I always enjoyed visiting with your Mom and had so much fun with her when she worked at the school. Thoughts and prayers to you all and your families.

  15. Shelley, Sharon and Lesley: We are sorry for your loss. Your mother was a sweetheart and their are so many great memories during the school years and basketball season. i can still see her keeping the score book during the games. i am sorry we can’t make it today. We will be thinking about you and keeping you in our prayers. Ron and Sue Sanert

  16. Sharon, Shelley, Lesley & Family, Sorry I was unable to be there today. You all are in my thoughts & prayers. I have many good memories of your family and enjoyed all the times we had together. Love you all. Thoughts and Prayers. Donna

  17. So absolutely sorry to hear about the passing of this beautiful soul! I sure missed seeing her and family after leaving Reflections! Thinking about you three girls and family!

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