Helen Marie Trotman Riddick of Southampton died at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing on December 5. She was 91.
Born on February 20, 1922, in Snowden, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Betty Phelps Trotman, and was raised by her grandparents, Tom and Florence Trotman. She attended school in Snowden. In 1945, she married Irvin Riddick, who predeceased her, and the couple had six children. They moved to Southampton in 1955 because of her husband’s health issues.
A member of the Community Baptist Church of Southampton, she attended Sunday school and served as a deaconess and a missionary. She also attended the Eastern Baptist Association conferences. Survivors said she loved attending church and she felt that it kept her family grounded. She attended faithfully until her health began to fail.
Ms. Riddick was a founding member of the Aurora Chapter No. 66 Order of the Eastern Star in Southampton. She worked for several local families, including the Carpenters, the Zabrowskis and the Zolozas.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Gerald. She is survived by her daughters, Margaret Walker, Cassandra Brown and husband Charlie, Betty Malone and husband Noah; sons, Otis Riddick and wife Hilda, and Norris Riddick; and 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by three nieces, Bessie Pendelton, Doris Madison and husband Marty, and Verna Mae Brown and husband Walter; and two cousins, Phyllis Cowell and Katie Fishburne.
A viewing and funeral service was held at Community Baptist Church in Southampton on December 11; the Reverend Donald Butler officiated. Interment followed at Southampton Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton.