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Audrey E. (Irwin) Riddle

December 22nd, 2020

Audrey E. Riddle (Irwin), age 88, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on December 21, 2020, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Audrey was born on at home in Wilmington on July 10, 1932; she was the cherished daughter of Felix and Hildred Irwin.  She was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School where she made many life-long friends.

Audrey’s family was her number one priority and she loved them unconditionally; she was a devoted mother to her children, never missing a thing that they were involved in.  Audrey’s grandchildren brought her so much joy; she looked forward to the times they spent together.  Many great memories were made throughout the years with her family; times they will cherish forever.

Audrey was well known around the town of Wilmington; always outgoing, friendly and met everyone with her bright smile and huge hello.  Audrey spent over 40 years working in the Wilmington School Dept. She took a position at the administrative offices at the Roman House as the secretary to the special education director.  She then went on to work for over 30 years at the Shawsheen Elementary School as the school secretary but we all know she was a mentor, confidante, and friend to her students and faculty throughout her career.  Audrey loved the people that she worked with and the students she saw every day; she enjoyed going out with coworkers for lunch or dinner just to socialize.  The group also had a great time and a lot of laughs while attending their painting and stitching classes together.  After working for so long in the school dept., when she would go out, Audrey became a sort of celebrity. Every one knew and loved her and would greet her with open arms.

Audrey was a big part of the Methodist Church Community; they were her second family.  Audrey regularly attended church services and would be one of the first to volunteer her time and talents to help with fundraisers or church events.

Audrey will be fondly remembered as such a sweet lady; kind, caring and compassionate can only begin to describe her.  She was always interested in the welfare of others and would go out of her way to help anyone in need.  She was such a huge part of the Wilmington Community, the Senior Center and the School Department and will forever be missed.

Audrey was the beloved wife of the late Charles Riddle, loving mother of Debra Pasciuto of Lowell and Kevin Riddle & his wife Rita of Billerica, devoted “Nana” & “Nina” of Michael, David, Andrew & Kathryn Pasciuto and Annmarie Riddle, great-grandmother of Jackson Pasciuto.  Daughter of the late Felix and Hildred (Reed) Irwin, dear sister of the late John, Bill & Edward Irwin and Laura Irvine.  Audrey is also survived by many nieces, nephews, co-workers and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, December 29th, from 3-5 p.m.  Face coverings must be worn at all times in the funeral home.  A Graveside Service will be held in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 30th, at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial donations in Audrey’s name can be made to Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA  01887

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15 Entries in Guest Book for “Audrey E. (Irwin) Riddle”

  1. Kim A Maguire says:

    Audrey was an amazing and caring person. Our family feels very blessed to have known her. We will miss our get togethers for tea or occasional dinners. She has shared many recipes with me and to this day my boys know one of their favorite meals as “Audrey’s beef and gravy”. She will be missed. Rest in peace Audrey.

  2. Bill Irvine says:

    Aunt Audrey, I will always cherish my memories of you and Uncle Tupper. you were always kind and positive. Jean and I will miss her enthusiastic spirit. Rest in Peace now that you are with your beloved husband and siblings. I am sadden that covid will deter me from attending your services but know that I am thinking of you always. Debbie and Kevin I am sending virtual hugs and hopefully we can connect in 2021. Love to you all.
    Bill and Jean, Kennebunk ME

  3. Frances Cornish Neil says:

    To the Irwin Family, please accept our deepest sympathy on the death of a dear mother, and, sister and grand-mother. I am a cousin and remember the many visits my family had to see her. She was a great lady. Kevin and Debbie I hope your memories of your Mom will stay in your heart forever.
    Frances Cornish & Douglas Neil, Bromont, Quebec, Canada.

  4. Jean Burke says:

    Audrey was the “mother hen” of the special education department. She always had our best interests at heart. She would greet us with a smile as we came into the office and was interested in hearing all about our lives and families. You could count on Audrey to be a great listener as we shared the good and bad events with her. As a young, new teacher this meant so much to me as I started my career. Rest In Peace dear Audrey.

  5. Anne Coates says:

    Very sorry your loss she was a great lady my prayers are with you

  6. Pat & Bob Kelly says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Audrey. I got to know Audrey through Gerry & Judy. Great lady…have a lot of fond memories of the four of us going “Crafting” Audrey always saying… just follow the yellow line in the road you won’t get lost.
    I think of all the fun we had on those journeys quite often.

    RIP Audrey…. you will be missed.

    Pat & Bob Kelly

  7. John Gerhartz says:

    Deb and Kevin, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom I worked with her at the Shawsheen school for many years what a wonderful woman, my thoughts and prayers are with her and your family.

  8. Leeann Sadowski says:

    Debbie, Kevin and families,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My parents went to school with your mom and I had the pleasure of working with her at the Shawsheen. She was a wonderful lady! Her family brought her great joy and she talked about you all often. I hope your wonderful memories help you through the difficult days.
    ~Leeann Sadowski

  9. Marie Hovis says:

    I’ll never forget Mrs. Riddle from the Shawsheen Elementary. That was well over 25 years ago and her kindness and sweet smile is something I still remember. She was always willing to listen and lend a helping hand. My heartfelt condolences to her family and close friends.

  10. Rosemary Murray says:

    So sorry to hear of your passing. Thirty two years ago you were the best secretary a school could have had. I was always so happy to hear you say that david elliott was the best person to clean at the shawsheen. may you rest in peace

  11. Karen Larrabee says:

    I send my prayers and sympathy to Audrey’s family and loved ones during this sad time. Audrey was a great friend and mentor who shared her humor, honesty and wisdom through the years. She even shared her best friends, Judy and Gerry with me! I was blessed to meet Audrey when I began teaching at the Shawsheen School. Our friendship became more fun and relaxed after retirement, especially during those not so quiet afternoon luncheons with the “girls”. I will always see Audrey during the Christmas season … in the wreath with a beautiful painted winter scene she crafted , in her painted night time scene of a choir boy at the manger with Jesus and in the many beautiful angels Audrey lovingly made of various media that decorate my tree every year. Audrey will always be in my heart and in my home at Christmas too. Thank you God for giving us Audrey and watch over her family .

  12. Richard Gorham says:

    I was so sad to hear of Audrey’s passing. We worked together for many years in the Wilmington School System. Audrey was a wonderful, caring person who worked very hard to make her school a warm and caring environment for all children, parents and staff. We shared many days of laughter and problem solving. May your memories of time with Audrey comfort you now.

  13. Anne Keeler says:

    So sorry to hear of Audrey’s passing. She was secretary of the Shawsheen school when I worked there. Always smiling and attentive to everyone whether it be administration, staff, students or parents. A school secretary has a key role in any school. I always considered it a delicate balancing act. Keeping all factions happy. Audrey was also about family and friends. I knew about her children who she spoke of often. I was happy to read she had several grandchildren and know she must have loved being a grandmother. May you gather all the good memories of things shared.

  14. Gail M Knott says:

    Debbie, Kevin and families, We are sending our deepest condolences on your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful lady who we considered family and I know the feeling was mutual. She led an amazing life and was blessed in so many ways – children, grandchildren, family, friends, 88 years of life. Please treasure each memory, they will be there forever !!! May the Good Lord comfort you at this time !!! Love and sincere sympathy from all of us !!! Pat and Phil Fenton and family, Ron Knott, and Gail Knott

  15. Trisha Suggs DeVelis says:

    Kevin and family ,
    I know this is 6 months after the fact, however I just found out from Facebook that your Mom passed. I am so very sorry. When I moved back from NC in my 20’s after moving away when I was 10 and in the fifth grade with you Kevin. I eventually moved back to Wilmington onto Shawsheen Ave. I re-connected with your Mom at the school, and we laughed about our days at Shawsheen Elementary. She was so sweet and kind!! I know you will miss her. Prayers of comfort for you all. ~Trisha

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