Florence Riddle Obituary
 
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Florence K. Riddle

July 11, 2013 - October 22, 2013
Obituary

Florence Kerr Riddle 1930 – 2013 Florence Riddle died peacefully in her birth city of Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. She was born July 11, 1930 to Matthew C. and Katherine K. Riddle. Her parents' families boasted professors and lawyers on her mother's side, early Oregon pioneers on her father's. Unsurprisingly, she was a very intelligent and independent woman. An outstanding scholar, Florence attended Lincoln High School and Reed College in Portland, then later earned an MA in English at Yale and a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. She shared her love of English by teaching at the...
Florence Kerr Riddle
1930 – 2013

Florence Riddle died peacefully in her birth city of Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. She was born July 11, 1930 to Matthew C. and Katherine K. Riddle. Her parents' families boasted professors and lawyers on her mother's side, early Oregon pioneers on her father's. Unsurprisingly, she was a very intelligent and independent woman.

An outstanding scholar, Florence attended Lincoln High School and Reed College in Portland, then later earned an MA in English at Yale and a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. She shared her love of English by teaching at the University of Victoria, Wenatchee Valley College and Portland State University. Florence enjoyed many languages and all books, namely the poetry of Wallace Stevens and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and the dream studies of Carl Jung.

She was a lover of all animals, both domestic and those living wild in the city. Florence enjoyed vegetables from her garden, and pears and apples from her trees. She took great pleasure in sharing her passion for theater, choral music, and the opera with friends and family. Work, study, and adventure led her to many places, including: Greenwich Village in the 50's; the city of Bristol on the West Coast of England; Victoria, British Columbia; Wenatchee, Washington. Curiosity and a love of languages spurred her many travels throughout Western and Eastern Europe. As a young woman, Florence camped and climbed at Mt. St. Helens, and when the volcano erupted 30 years later she heard the blast from her home in Wenatchee! Florence spent the last few decades of her life in her SW Portland home (coincidentally located on St. Helens Court) writing articles on the history and wild spaces of Portland, working for her church and local environmental preservation.

She is survived by her sister Elizabeth Riddle Jackson, brother Matthew Riddle II, nieces Sarah Riddle, Ann Riddle, Kate Jackson-Keil, and Rachel Jackson, and nephews Matthew Riddle III and James Riddle. Florence's family and her many good friends will miss her very much.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Cathedral in Portland on Tuesday, October 29, at 2PM. The family suggests any remembrances be directed to the Oregon Food Bank, the Nature Conservancy, or the Friends of Forest Park.

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