Sarah Arlene Kipp Ridley was born Dec. 14, 1937 in Orofino. Her mother was Mae Scott and her father was Adam Kipp. Sarah was raised by her grandmother Mary along with her sister Zola Kipp in Kamiah, and was a member of the Second Indian Presbyterian Church.
Sarah spent summers in Tacoma, Wash., where after high school graduation she met Jack Richard Ridley Sr. from Reno, Nev. They married in 1955. After moving to Reno, Sarah worked at the University of Nevada while Jack Sr. continued his post baccalaureate education at the university.
Jack Jr. was born in 1956 and Jana Marlane was born in 1958. The family moved to Davis, Calif. as Jack Sr. pursued his doctorate. Jeffrey Kipp Ridley was born in 1965 in Woodlawn, Calif.
The family moved to Moscow, Idaho in 1966 and then to Northern Virginia in 1978. After retirement Sarah moved back to Kamiah in 2006.
Sarah supported Indian Country by working with various D.C. organizations including The American Indian National Bank, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and Kauffman and Associates (KAI) with Jo Ann Kauffman.
Sarah passed away from natural causes in Spokane, Wash., April 23, 2019, and is preceded in death by Jack Sr., Jack Jr., and Jeffrey. She is survived by her daughter Jana Ridley of Fairfax, Va., her granddaughter Andrea Taylor of Alexandria, Va., granddaughter Alexa Raymond of Redmond, S. D., and her son-in-law Tony Taylor of Alexandria.
Funeral service was held April 26 at the Second Indian Presbyterian Church in Kamiah. Burial followed at Second Indian Presbyterian Cemetery on No Kid Lane.