Ann Ridenhour

Ann Ridenhour (Barnhardt)

10/03/1941 - 07/22/2019
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Ann Barnhardt Ridenhour of Concord passed away Monday, July 22, 2019, at Northeast Medical Center.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Earnest Barnhardt. She was born Oct. 3, 1941, in Wake County, and reared in Concord. Ann was a graduate of Meredith College, with degrees in Art and Art Education. She began her career in Wake County, teaching first through eighth grades and special education students. In 1965, she attended Florida State University for post-graduate courses in art, with the thoughts of completing her master’s. She would laugh
and say she received her M.R.S. degree instead of her M.A., a switch she would never regret.

Ann married her high school sweetheart in October 1966. That same year Central Cabarrus High School opened, and she was delighted to develop the art program and become the school’s first art teacher. During this time, Ann became active in the Cabarrus Art Guild. When children came along, Ann stayed at home for many years. During this time, she volunteered with school projects, fundraisers, and as a high school band parent. She was also active in her church by teaching Sunday school, directing Bible school and Christmas pageants, serving on various committees, and singing in the choir. In 1984, Ann was hired to develop the art program at Mt. Pleasant High School. In 1991 the new “state of the art” school was built, and she had the pleasure of designing the art room. She remained at Mt. Pleasant until 2006. Her retirement pleasures consisted of being with family,crocheting, and drawing. In a recent bio for Meredith College, Ann wrote, “We have been fortunate, and life has been good.”

Ann is survived by her husband of 53 years, Wayne Ridenhour; daughters, Sylvia Saleeby and husband, Chuck, Janet Goodman; and three grandchildren, Eli, Anna Jean and Maggie. She is also survived by her brother, Luther E. Barnhardt Jr. and wife, Ruth; sister, Phoebe Satterwhite and husband, Bill; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her brother, John Barnhardt.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Calvary Lutheran Church’s music fund and Meals on Wheels.

Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at 1 p.m., at Calvary Lutheran Church, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Debbie Frye. Ann’s special request is for attendees to wear colorful clothing.

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Cabarrus Funeral Cremation & Cemetery is serving the Ridenhour family.
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Sharon Honeycutt

Posted at 02:39pm
To all the family of Ann, I just learned a few minutes ago about the passing. My heart is broken. Ann was a beautiful lady both inside and out. She was such a wonderful and kind lady whom I got to spend a lot of time with while I was caring for Cindy. Brittany nor Kayla were notified and both are sending there deepest sympathies to the whole family. I'will be praying for all of you. Wayne, I am so very sorry. God Bless you all, now and always. Love to all Sharon Honeycutt, Brittany Barnhardt McILwaine & Kayla Barnhardt

Jon Barnhardt

Posted at 01:41pm
Thank you.

Jami Lemmond

Posted at 09:20am
She has been on my mind of late. I'm so sorry to learn of her passing. I loved her so and she was one of the best teachers at MPHS and a neighbor in my early years. My condolences to all of her family. Let your colors shine for Ann. Such a sweet lady.

Sylvia Saleeby Posted at 08:37pm

Thank you for your kind words regarding my mother. They are truly appreciated! Sylvia R. Saleeby

Angela Short

Posted at 10:26pm
Sylvia, You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. So glad I had an opportunity to meet your sweet Mom. Love, Angela

Sylvia Saleeby Posted at 08:38pm

Thank you so much, Angela! She was one of the sweetest!!! Love you, Sylvia

Monica Moss Edwards

Posted at 02:48pm
Sending prayers!!!!! My favorite thing about High School was all 4 years of Art Class. I graduated In 1991..... If it wasn’t for Mrs Ridenhour we would have never been able to Letter in Art... still got my MP Art Jacket. Art was an AMAZING experience in HS, all, thanks to her!!! She stayed after school with me several times to help me get my art projects photographed for me to apply for scholarships. She was an excellent teacher who loved her students, very patient, very kind & dedicated!!! Sending prayers to all her family. RIP Mrs Ridenhour... you will always be in my heart!!!

Sylvia Saleeby Posted at 08:41pm

Thank you for your kind words about how my mother impacted your life. She was truly a wonderful wife, mother, and teacher! Being a teacher myself, I can only hope that I have and will make a difference in the lives of my students, just like she did with you. Monica, thank you for taking the time to share! Sylvia R. Saleeby

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