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Esther Ridley Lee
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Birth: Feb. 22, 1930
Brunswick County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 5, 2011
Alleghany County
Virginia, USA

Esther Ridley Lee, retired educator of 328 South Marion Street, Covington, Virginia died on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Lewis Gale Medical Center Alleghany. Esther, born on February 22, 1930, was the daughter of the late Robert and Ella Ridley of Lawrenceville, Virginia. She was one of ten children. Her formal education began at Saint Paul's Polytechnic Institute Practice School. She graduated from Saint Paul's High School and Saint Paul's Polytechnic Institute. Study in Advanced Mathematics was done at the college of William and Mary, Lafayette College, and Virginia State College through scholarships from the National Science Foundation. On December 28, 1953, Esther joined in Holy Matrimony with Wilbert Novarro Lee, her college sweetheart. While in college, they were known as "Class Inseparables." They remained together until Wilbert's death in 1994. Esther's teaching career took her to Berryville, Bedford, and Clifton Forge, all in Virginia. She and her husband finally settled in Covington where she enjoyed a long and dedicated career of more than thirty years. Her Covington High students showed their love and respect for her by dedicating their 1992 Yearbook, "Puff and Patches", to her for "Excellence in Education". In total, she influenced the lives of more than 5,000 students in her 44 years of teaching. She was a sincere dedicated Christian her entire life. She was a member of Pine Street Baptist Church where she was a Deaconess, Trustee, Assistant Treasurer and Chair of Family and Friends Day activities. She also continued her dedication to education by arranging Church recognition of students graduating from high school. Esther was affiliated with many professional organizations. She was particularly proud to have been a charter member of the Delta Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Saint Paul's Polytechnic Institute and was honored by them when they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in 2002. Loved and respected by her family, friends and neighbors, she was always willing to extend a helping hand whenever she could. Those left to cherish her memory include: two brothers and their wives, Edward Ridley (Florence) of Lanham, Maryland, and Francis Ridley (Shirley) of Clinton, Maryland; and three sisters, Lillian Thomas of Emporia, Virginia, Nancy Bishop of College Park, Maryland, and Doris Patrick of Lanham, Maryland. Also left are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and close friends. A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 13, 2011, 11:00am at Pine Street Baptist Church. The interment will follow in Alleghany Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 12, 2011, 5:00PM until 6:30PM at the church. 
Alleghany Memorial Park
Low Moor
Alleghany County
Virginia, USA
Created by: Randy Shepherd
Record added: Jun 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71470144
Esther <i>Ridley</i> Lee
Added by: Randy Shepherd
Esther <i>Ridley</i> Lee
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 Added: Jun. 16, 2011

- Randy Shepherd
 Added: Jun. 16, 2011

- Randy Shepherd
 Added: Jun. 16, 2011

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