Lorett Riddick
  • 96 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 23, 1915
  • Place of birth:
    Avoca, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 12, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    New York, United States
And when you get the chance to sit it out or dance I hope you dance

This memorial website is being created to honor my mother Lorett Ann Kolodey Riddick. As I start writing this on Jan 12, 2012 I still am having a hard time imagining our family & the world without her. She was one of those people who was full of love for life, people, animals, flowers, music, dancing, photography, the theater, reading, cooking and caring for & entertaining friends & family.

Check out the video of her dancing with Dad to Blue Suede Shoes at our wedding! (gallery/videos)

There are so many stories to tell, so many pictures to share and I hope Lorett's dear family and friends will add their memories and photos here too. 


Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond gilt on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand by my grave and cry... I am not there... I did not die.

~ Robert Hepburn

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by vikki watts on 12th January 2016

"you know your in my heart forever and that i think of you ofen also uncle mel i really miss having you around many things remind of you even thru the year not just here on this site  you are forever missed"

This tribute was added by vikki watts on 23rd October 2015

"I miss  the great times at your house we all had fun every time as time passes many thoughts come to me esp, at the holidays  I cannt thank you enough for all you have done ok didnt like the cammera all the time but now i love to see them but than again  you knew what you were doing we all love seeing them Im always looking at the stars at nite and believe all  our love ones have  a star and can see us all the time so heres to your star and i know tonight it will be shining very bright I miss you so much and how young you always were"

This tribute was added by Del Alexa on 23rd October 2015

"Lorett, I have been very fortunate to have had you in my life such a long time.  Really miss our daily chats."

This tribute was added by cathy fitzgerald on 23rd October 2012

"I never had the pleasure of meeting lorett,but  i feel close to her thru you cat - she must have been a great mother because you, her daughter, are full of so much love and caring.  - i cherish the vase i have that she made"

This tribute was added by Del Alexa on 23rd October 2012

"Lorett, I miss our daily chats which were the highlight of my day."

This tribute was added by Eric C on 6th February 2012

"Even though I never met your Mom I feel like I had in all you've written about her especially your mutual love of music and dancing. That video of her dancing with your Dad at your wedding says it all along and Whenever I Think Of You is the perfect song. Whenever you listen to music she will be right there enjoying it with you."

This tribute was added by Diane Von Brook on 4th February 2012

"So sorry to learn of your mother's passing.  My mother was Gay Olson and we had many good times with your parents over the years.  Your parents showed me how to waltz before my wedding.  She was such a sweet and loving person.  Please give my love to your Dad.  We are lucky to be able to remember our good times at will.  She was a very special person and she will be missed.  Love, Diane"

This tribute was added by judy barnhart on 24th January 2012

"I remember your mom's voice and her calming way.....even now, she is sending you love and comforting thoughts. I hope you find the photo of your mom holding the cat as this is the vibration of who she is now, pure love...."

This tribute was added by Don McCarthy on 23rd January 2012

"I'm so sorry Cat. I've been out of town without computer access and just found out when I logged into Facebook today. I'm glad you're getting out and listening to the music you love. You said your mother loved music, dancing and photography. I hope that whenever you're involved with any of those things you will think of her and smile. Just like the song. Be good to yourself my friend!"

This tribute was added by Josi Frendo on 18th January 2012

"So sorry for the loss of your mother.
This is such a beautiful memorial you are doing here.
My thoughts are with you xx"

This tribute was added by Kira Lis on 17th January 2012

"Dearest Cat - Thank you for letting us know your beloved mom.  I know she has passed on so much of herself through you.  I always feel a huge compliment when people tell me I am like my mother.  And it seems that you are like your mother, too.  You are a tribute to her.
All my love,

This tribute was added by John Murphy on 17th January 2012

"Your Mom was obviously such a very special person that many loved and respected. May your memories of her and the many special times you have all shared through the years, carry you through this time of sorrow. May your tears shed today, turn to tears of joy as time goes on and tries to heal the best it can. Her spirit will live on forever. Sincerest condolences from my family to yours.JRM"

This tribute was added by Jan Barbour on 17th January 2012

"So sorry for the loss of your Mother

Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;"

This tribute was added by Sharon Rose on 16th January 2012

"Your Mom will always be with you in spirit. May she rest in peace and may your family remember her warmly."

This tribute was added by John Canivan on 16th January 2012

"Loretta  was like a second Mom for me. She made the best Thanksgiving dinner that I ever had. She had a strict code of ethics and she scolded me when I went outside without a hat in winter. She ate my bread and drank my tea and always made me feel important. I hope I can remember all the lessons she taught me."

This tribute was added by Susan Birnbaum on 16th January 2012

"Dear Catresea,
I am sure you are looking back , as I did when I lost my Mom, with a perspective you may never have thought you would possibly have..
the good times ..the bad times..they are all part of a much greater whole...She instilled in you all the good that you will carry on with.."

This tribute was added by Donna Grant on 16th January 2012

"Even tho i never got to meet your mom,i think i know her as i can see her in you and in that case she was and still is one special lady.She will never be forgotten and tho she is not in sight she is still in our hearts.
Wish i could have meet her tho. I know she was a interesting lady and special lady."

This tribute was added by Catresea Canivan on 16th January 2012

"Mom even though our personas were very different, I know that deep down we had a very strong bond & lots of "loves" in common: animals, music, dancing, photography, plays, books. Thank you for the early dance & piano lessons. teaching me to read & all the pets you let me care for. Thank you for the family gatherings & letting me make the cookies. "You are right there when I think of you"♥"

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