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Dana Castree (Ridley) - (1935-2004)

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Dana Castree (Ridley) - (1935 - 2004) Dana's High School Portrait was born the daughter of a Naval Officer and spent much of her early life at Naval bases around the world.  She lived in California, Guam, England, Italy, and several other places.  Naval officers in the 1930's have very nice homes and lifestyles in those days and in many of the places she lived overseas they had one to several servants.

Dana graduated from high school in Italy and had many fond memories of life in Europe.

When Dana was in high school she began to have some emotional difficulties and her family sought professional treatment.  She was initially diagnosed with schizophrenia but was later diagnosed with what is now called "bi-polar" disorder.  Bi-Polar has been linked to a chemical disorder that is often controlled by the chemical "lithium".  She would have episodes with "mania" and "depression" on and off throughout her life.

At the age of 19 she met her first husband Ernest Stickels, Jr. and they quickly married.  Ernest was an Engineer and Dana worked at home raising their 3 children.  Dana never had much of a career, she worked as an Avon distributor for a few years and also worked as a secretary on and off.

At the age of 42 she divorced her first husband and within a few years she married her second husband Frank Ridley.

Dana was very active in sports during her younger days, she loved swimming, springboard diving, and tennis.  She also enjoyed many card games including bridge.

During her first marriage she moved with her family all over the mid-Atlantic states, the mid-west and the north east US.  After her divorce she stayed in the Silver Spring area of Maryland and lived there for the rest of her life.

The "lithium" treatments that she took most of her life has a toxic effect on the kidneys and for the last 3 years of her life she suffered from kidney failure and had to take regular dialysis treatments.  Until the last 5-6 years of her life Dana had excellent health, and was a heavy smoker for the first 50 years of her life.

Dana was very active in her Catholic faith most of her life and had a very spiritual nature.  She loved her family and was very dear to her husband Frank.  She died 1 year and 2 month before Frank and he missed her deeply after her death.  She was an excellent mother and was very close to all her children, all of her life.

You can see more pictures of Dana at her Genealogy Page and also at her FindaGrave web page.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 January 2011 23:45  


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