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,
, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D. C. 20090-6011 or
, 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 www.bondmitchellfuneralhome.com