Saying Goodbye

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

With a heavy heart we share the news that one of our core Zero Waste Church team members, Karen Ridout, passed away recently. Karen was a dynamic, thoughtful and caring woman. Her love of God and God’s creation was contagious. We here at ZWC will march on without her in hopes to honor her memory but she will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, church family, and friends. 

Quotes from some of those who knew and loved her:

How to encapsulate what Karen meant to each of us, to Nativity, to ZWC? It is impossible. There are no words. I often quote Karen who told me, “You and I aren’t human beings. We are human doings.”  And she was always doing. And doing. And doing.” 

I know how dedicated Karen was to this ministry, and  caring for all people and all life in so many ways. She continually provided us all with great support, encouragement, hope, and wisdom. I know that her vision is for us is to continue because so much rides on it.” 

“How wonderful that this remarkable person, who touched and taught so much to so many, was ours, if for too short a time.”  

“She was a rock in our church—anywhere she was needed. “You have to have a leader,” she would say, “to get things done.” And she was the personification of that advice. Her friendship was cherished, her talents invaluable.”





2 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye”

  • The last time I saw Karen in December of 2017, she told me enthusiastically about the Zero Waste Church project. For her it was the best way she knew how to be a good steward of God’s creation and great gift to his people. She was also profoundly grateful that God gave her the opportunity to serve her church as a Stephen Minister. Karen was my friend for over 20 years and I thank God that our paths crossed. I will miss her. My deepest empathy goes to David, Kacey, Bill, her granddaughters, and brothers. My own faith allows me to believe that the dead are not as dead as we think they are. Look for her, wait for her, she will come to you.

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