HELEN LOUISE (CAMP) RIDLEN, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Urbana. The second child of Ellis and Mabel Camp, she was born November 7, 1924, on a farm near Westville, IL. She graduated 3rd in the Westville High School class of 1942. Following a 36-month program, Helen graduated as a Registered Nu…read more
HELEN LOUISE (CAMP) RIDLEN, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Urbana. The second child of Ellis and Mabel Camp, she was born November 7, 1924, on a farm near Westville, IL. She graduated 3rd in the Westville High School class of 1942. Following a 36-month program, Helen graduated as a Registered Nurse from Lakeview School of Nursing, Danville, IL. in 1945. As a nursing student during World War II, she joined the Army Cadet Nurse Corps. The war ended before she was called to duty.
Helen married Samuel F. Ridlen on April 17, 1946, at University Place Christian Church, Champaign, IL. She and Sam enjoyed 64 years of marriage until his death in October 2010. She is survived by her three children, Judy Ridlen of Champaign; Barbara (Jim) Evans of Champaign; and Mark (Susan) Ridlen of Carmel, IN. Helen delighted in and was very proud of her 6 grandchildren: Tim Amoni; Kyle, Thomas and Tyler Ridlen; Reed (Bob) McCloskey; and Adam (Juliane) Evans and 5 great-grandchildren. They all survive her. Also surviving are a brother, Ronald Camp of Danville, and a brother-in-law, Ray Prather of Chrisman; as well as many nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband Sam, brother John H. Camp, sisters Betty J. Doney, Alma June Camp, and M. Kathryn Prather preceded her in death.
Helen took great pride in her nursing career, working in several hospitals before joining the staff at the University of Illinois’ McKinley Hospital. She retired from McKinley in 1987 as the Administrative Head Nurse, having served the University for 20 years.
Always active in her church, University Place Christian, Helen fulfilled many leadership roles. She and Sam were charter members of a new church, the Disciples of Christ Community Church in Urbana and she assumed a number of roles there, including moderator and elder.
As a professor’s wife, Helen enjoyed working with the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Wives and the Department of Animal Science Wives. She volunteered her time to the Girl Scouts, PTA, Illini 4-H club, and the Cub Scouts, in support of her children. Helen was also a member of the Women’s League of Forrest, IL and the Lakeview Hospital Nurses Alumni Association. She was also an avid fan of the U of I men’s football and basketball teams, holding season tickets for more than 50 years. Helen spent many hours helping Sam with Nabor House Fraternity, of which he was a founding member and staff advisor. The Old Farm Condominium Association benefitted from her leadership for 25 years. Helen served on the board of directors, as secretary, president, and was the last original member of the association.
The family expresses their gratitude to the staff at MeadowBrook Health Center of Clark Lindsey Villages and Transitions Palliative and Hospice Care for their tender attention to Helen.
A funeral service will be held at University Place Christian Church, 503 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820 on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held 60 minutes prior to the service. Entombment will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to University Place Christian Church or the Lakeview College of Nursing Scholarship Fund, 903 N. Logan Avenue, Danville, IL 61832. The Morgan Memorial Home of Savoy is in charge of arrangements.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
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