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“Sorry for your loss May Roman 15 verse 4 and john 11 verse 25 bring your family comfort ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Rosa harris - woodbridge, VA

“Love you, Aunt Barbara. Rest in Heaven. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Amy - family

“Sadly, Barbara has left us. Interacting with her and knowing she was here also kept a little bit of Aldrich here. All of the Adkins siblings are now...Read More »
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“Babs ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Orion Willis - Portsmouth, VA

“Barbara, You and your sons, are living examples of your mother's legacy to you. It is true that: "Ye shall know them by their fruits..." My sympathy...Read More »
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“What a lovely, dignified lady would grace our Georgetown Law Library picnics and other events, thanks to her equally beautiful daughter who cared for...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Marylin Raisch - Rockville, MD

“Babs, Kevin and Bobby, your mom was an amazing woman. The legacy and love she leaves lives in you and your families. Hold each other close. Family...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Marcia Ridley Shumate - Altadena, CA

“Babs, Kevin and Bobby--Over the past 40+ years I have spent time with yourparents, especially your mom. I will miss seeing your mom on my visits to...Read More »
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“YOU WERE THE BEST ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: JOHN RICHARDSON - Richmond, VA

“We are never ready to surrender a parent. Both of yours leave a beautiful legacy. Our prayers for your peace and happiness at the thought of the...Read More »
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Barbara Adkins Ridley, age 90, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2018 at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, Falls Church, Virginia. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia to Reverend Andrew and Mattie Hamlett Adkins. She attended Alfred Street Baptist Church, where her father was pastor from 1920 to 1963. Educated at Parker-Gray School in Alexandria and Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Union University in 1948. In 1951, she earned a Master of Science in Library Service from Atlanta University, and in 1952, married Morris Lee Ridley of New Orleans, Louisiana. The couple lived with their children in Ettrick, Virginia on the campus of Virginia State College (now University), and later in Richmond. Barbara spent her career as a librarian with Fairfax County Public Schools, Hampton University, Howard University, Virginia State College, and in Richmond Public Schools, retiring in 1993.
In addition to her devotion to work and family, Barbara was a lover of music, fashion, and African art. She volunteered for many organizations during her lifetime, taking part in tutoring and volunteering in various libraries, including the library at Goodwin House. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and sang in numerous choirs and chorales, including the choir at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richmond where she was a member, and most recently the Encore Chorale of the Washington D.C. area. She loved to play the piano, sew, and do needlework. She also loved to laugh, play cards with her pinochle club, which she belonged to for over thirty years, and travel. Barbara was thrilled to see the election of an African-American president and was President Barack Obama's most ardent supporter.

Barbara is survived by her devoted children Barbara Ridley Monroe, Kevin Ridley (Jane), and Robert Ridley (Kimberly), lovingly-spoiled grandchildren Christopher Monroe (Rebecca), Jonathan Monroe, Kali Ridley, Hudson Ridley, and Ainslee Ridley, nieces and nephews Michael Lenoir, Kip Lenoir, Barry Lenoir, Sheila Scales, Bruce Adkins, Francine Alexander, Debra Vereen, Karen Randolph, Jon Adkins, Keith Lenoir, Theresa Adkins, and Amy Harris. She was predeceased by her husband Morris Ridley, parents Andrew and Mattie Adkins, twin brother Robert Adkins, sisters Theresa Lenoir and Andretta Alexander, brothers Aldrich Adkins and Rutherford Adkins, and son-in-law Charles Monroe.