Rosemary Rideout Meding
  • 71 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 15, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • Date of passing: May 11, 2015
Let the memory of Rosemary be with us forever

Rosemary Rideout Meding, 71, of Punta Gorda, FL., passed away peacefully Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Tidewell Hospice House.

She was born April 15, 1944 in Jacksonville, FL. She was the daughter of Witney Rideout and Stela (Gordon) Rideout.

She lived in Concord, New Hampshire and received a bachelor’s degree as a x-ray technician at Maine Medical Center.

In 1972, she moved to Missouri where she was married and had two children, Scott E. Knight and Christopher M. Knight.

There, she raised her boys and slaved on her dairy farm with 100 milk cows. She also earned a commercial driver’s license and drove a tractor trailer in her “spare time.”

In 1984, she returned to New Hampshire and found her childhood sweetheart, Stephen Meding, whom she married in 1985.

They moved to Punta Gorda in 1998.

There, Rosemary discovered “Zebu” miniature cattle, became infatuated, and soon had a herd of 25 animals. They were her “babies.” She trained, groomed, taught them to pull a wagon, and loved them all. Her knowledge of animals was exhausting! Her husband says, “She’s the smartest woman I ever met, and found a new friend wherever she went.”

She was predeceased by her son, Scott E. Knight, U.S.M.C., and her brother, Richard Rideout.

Members of her family surviving are husband, Stephen, her son, Christopher M. Knight, stepsons Charles Y. Meding, Stephen M. Meding, grandchildren Haley and Morgan Knight, Sam Meding, Matilda Meding, and Rebecca Rideout.

Funeral will be private, family only, at an undisclosed time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peace River Wildlife, 3400 Ponce de Leon Pkwy, Punta Gorda, FL 33950, or Dames for Danes Rescue, PO Box 4922, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

Rosemary may be kindly remembered at, or on Facebook at


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Stephanie Otte on 12th December 2015

"Rose was one of my favorite patients, one I hated to leave when I left. I have been thinking about her lately and discovered this today. My thoughts are with Stephen and family this holiday season. I miss her personality and swear I could sit and talk with her all day if I could. She will live on in everyone's memories. She was truly a one of a kind"

This tribute was added by Yolanda Sewell on 16th July 2015

"Dear Steve,
I know both of us are still lost without Rose, but especially you and Charley!  We have both thought of you and Rose as family ever since my initial 3+ hour phone call regarding zebus (and everything else under the sun) so many years ago; it is hard to believe you have both been such an integral part of our "family" for well over a decade.  Just know we will always be here for you.  I am sure "little missy" is of course watching over you, and probably both cursing you and telling you, as she did me, what a WONDERFUL man you are and how much she loves you!
All my thoughts and prayers,

This tribute was added by Kevin McDermott on 12th June 2015

"My heartfelt condolences to all of Rose's family and friends, especially Steve."

This tribute was added by Francis Evans on 9th June 2015

"Steve:  Very sorry to hear of your loss.  

Fran Evans MD
Palm Coast  FL"

This tribute was added by edward cutting on 2nd June 2015

"I am so sorry to hear about Rosemary's passing. She and I went to Concord High School together. She will be missed and never forgotten. A friend always."

This tribute was added by Karen Sellers on 1st June 2015

"Dear Rosemary,
You touched my life in so many ways.  When we came to just LOOK at the Zebus I had no way of knowing that that visit would lead to such a wonderful friendship. You taught me so much if only I can remember all of it. I was so used to you being only a phone call away.  Thanks for sharing your stories and your knowledge,and your love.  I will miss you so very much. Till I see you on the otherside.   Love Karen"

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