Charlotte Arrington Ridgely Running, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on Friday September 7, 2018 in West Virginia when her body could no longer keep up with her spirit. She was born October 19, 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late B. Dorsey and Claudine Ridgely (Arrington).
She grew up on the family farm in Marriottsville, MD and graduated from Lisbon High School and later graduated from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) with a degree in music education. Charlotte served the special education students at West Friendship Elementary and Atholton High School as an aide for decades. She served an LDS mission at the Washington D.C. Temple.
Charlotte touched the lives of many with her musical talents. She played the piano, directed choirs and shared her beautiful voice with solos. Singing sacred music brought her the greatest joy.
She taught her children to make family a priority, to know that money could buy little that was important, to enjoy the beauties of nature, to serve others to experience true joy, to work hard, to embrace the power of music and, most importantly, to love and follow our Savior Jesus Christ and his teachings.
Her survivors include children Cyndi Running-Thomson and husband Mark, Rich Running and wife Kim, Dan Running and wife Amy, Mike Running, Tom Running and wife Tristin; sisters Helen Mihialovici and Carol Raber; 14 grandchildren Amanda (Chad), Ryan, Chris (Ivy), Alex, Brandon (Rachel), Emily, Megan, Matthew, Kyle (Candice), Sam, Jake, Mason, Josh, and Ethan; and great-grandson Dexter. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Dorsey and Edwin Ridgely and her parents.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 5pm to 8pm at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, MD. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel, 7225 Slacks Road, Sykesville, MD 21784 where the family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 to 10:40 am. A luncheon will be provided after the service. Private Interment at Mount View Cemetery, Marriottsville.