Helen Frances Riddle
  • Anyone wishing to make donations in Helen's memory may make those contributions to St. Cyprian's Outreach Center or a charity of their choice in lieu of flowers.
  • St. Cyprian's Outreach Center
    P.O. Box 2037
    Georgetown, SC 28442

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“Our sympathy goes out to the family of Helen Riddle. My God rest his loving arms around each and everyone of you. ”
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Helen Frances (Young) Riddle was born February 24, 1929 in Fulton, New York to father Louis A. Young and his wife Helen C. (Chappell) Young.

Helen spent her early life on the family farm near Mexico, New York followed by time back in Fulton after the family lost the farm house in a fire. She graduated from Fulton High School in 1946 and then earned a degree in Medical Secretarial Science from the Rochester Business Institute in 1948.

While working at General Electric at Electronics Parkway in Syracuse she met, fell in love and married Paul Riddle from McRoberts, Kentucky. Paul was called back into the U.S. Air Force and this took them to Texas and Ohio where their first child, a son was born. Upon discharge, they settled in Utica, New York where they would make their home for many years. Helen eventually became the mother to four boys as Paul continued to work for General Electric. Once the youngest of the four boys grew older, Helen took various part-time jobs as an Administrative Assistant for several businesses in the Utica area.

Following her husband's retirement, they settled in Pawley's Island, South Carolina an area that Helen was happy to call home for several decades. While in Pawley's Island, Helen became active with the local Catholic community and eventually worked as an Office Manager for Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church in Pawley's Island and St. Cyprian's Catholic Church in Georgetown, SC. Following Paul's passing in 1998 she continued to thrive and enjoy her life in the "Lowcountry".

Helen displayed and had a lifelong love of University of Kentucky basketball and continued to provide support for the University and its School of Engineering from which Paul had graduated. She has spent the last few years in Raleigh, closer to her immediate family, receiving compassionate care at Sunrise- North Hills. While a resident there, Helen continued to organize activities like Bunco and Bingo and developed an interest in painting.

She is survived by her three sons and a daughter-in-law; Dudley Riddle and his wife Vicki of Raleigh, Michael Riddle and wife Tracy of Raleigh, Ronald Riddle who lives in Lexington, KY and Ontario, Canada and Ret. Col. Rebecca Samson of Springfield, VA. In addition she is survived by 8 grandchildren, Jonathan of Columbia, SC, Karen Riddle Barnes and husband West of Raleigh, Jeremy Riddle and wife Christina of Winterville, NC, Kathryn Riddle Downer and her husband Kip of Raleigh, Brandon Riddle who is a Specialist with the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, OK, Benjamin Riddle and Nathanial Riddle of Lexington, KY and Paula Riddle of Springfield, Va. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Wills, Owen, Brooks, Henry and Anna Grace and her brother John Young and wife Millie of Cary.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul Riddle, her oldest brother William Young and youngest son Robert Riddle who passed in 2007.

Anyone wishing to make donations in Helen's memory may make those contributions to: St. Cyprian's Outreach Center, P.O. Box 2037, Georgetown, SC 29442 or a charity of their choice in lieu of flowers.