So the Lord isn't the God of the dead, but of the living. This means that everyone is alive as far as God is concerned. Jesus, Luke 20:38 CEV

Thursday, August 24, 2023


Today is the 94th birthday of my mother, Barbara Lou Tridle. 

Barbara Lou Tridle
24 August 1929 – 6 July 2001

Mom was a strong advocate of Open Communion and was outspoken about her preference for talking more about the love of Christ than about the blood. Mom, like her mother and grandmother, was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and never tasted alcohol in her life. She worked right alongside Dad throughout every step of his United Methodist ministry. She also shared his post-retirement work in the Lions Club. She was a deeply prayerful woman. Mom was a prolific writer of very intense, detailed, and lengthy letters -- in tiny handwriting. One, in particular, arrived at a time of great discouragement for me in my young adult life. She included a Bible verse through which she and God spoke much-needed encouragement to me. It has continuously renewed its impact throughout the decades since. "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27 KJV).

Barbara Lou Tridle and William Harris Lawson were married on 3 February 1951. They had me and my two sisters, Lynn and Lori. Mom died on 6 July 2001 and was buried at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. 

Obituary | Find a Grave

Tridle Surname Lineage

George W Tridle 1789-1874, father of  Simon Peter Tridle 1838-1918, father of George Elmer Tridle 1886-1956, father of Barbara Lou Tridle 1929-2001, mother of the author.

Tridle Migration

Germany > Pennsylvania > Ohio > Indiana 

George W. Tridle immigrated to Pennsylvania at age 11 with his older brother, John, who was 21, from the Black Forest region of Germany. Family lore is that they Americanized their last name from perhaps either von Tridle, Tritle, or Trittle. George married Margaret Wilkinson and they moved to Clark County, Ohio, where they had 5 children. After her death, he married Elizabeth Frantz. After the birth of their 2nd son, my great-grandfather, Simon Peter Tridle, they moved to Kosciusko County, Indiana, and then to North Manchester in Wabash County, Indiana. Simon Peter Tridle married Annie Caroline Brosier. They moved to Fisher's Station in Hamilton County, Indiana, where their children were born. The family moved to Broad Ripple in Marion County, Indiana, where their son, my grandfather, George Elmer Tridle, married Lenore Inez Steger. After their first two children were born, they moved to Manatee in Manatee County, Florida, for a few years before returning to Indianapolis, Indiana, where my mother and another brother were born. They bought a farm in the Home Place area of Clay Township in Hamilton County. The house where my mother grew up was about a mile from where 111th Street comes out on Westfield Boulevard, across the road from the house where my father grew up. Prior to the ministry, our family lived in Marion, Hamilton, and Wayne Counties. During their church ministry, my parents served communities in Allen, Delaware, Fulton, Grant, Kosciusko, Madison, Randolph, and Tippecanoe Counties. They retired in Rochester, Indiana.



  • Black Forest

United States

  • Florida
    • Manatee County | Manatee
  • Indiana
    • Allen County | Fort Wayne
    • Delaware County | Gaston | Albany | New Burlington
    • Fulton County | Rochester
    • Grant County | Gas City
    • Hamilton County | Carmel | Fishers | Home Place
    • Kosciusko County | Mentone
    • Madison County | Anderson | Perkinsville
    • Marion County | Indianapolis | Broad Ripple
    • Randolph County | Fairview
    • Tippecanoe County | West Lafayette
    • Wabash County | North Manchester | Chester
    • Wayne County | Richmond 
  • Ohio
    • Clark County | Mad River
  • Pennsylvania
    • Franklin County | Washington


Family Photo. "Barbara Lou Tridle," 1998, Rock of Gibraltar. 


Ancestry ®.  “Indiana Birth Certificates, 190-1944 for Barbara Lou Tridle, 1929. Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Birth Certificates; Year: 1929; Provo, UT: Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry. 23 August 2023.

---.  “Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.” Barbara L. Lawson, 2001 . Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 2001; Roll 12.  Provo, UT: Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry.    23 August 2023.

---. “Public Member Trees Database.” © 1997-2023 Ancestry ®. Lawson-Robertson Family Tree person record for Lenore Inez  User profile for William Harris Lawson, Jr., user Livingweb. 23 August 2023.

Donnelly, Cathleen F. "Home Place," 2021. Encyclopedia of Indianapolis.  17 June 2023.

Find a Grave, database, and images ( accessed 17 June 2023), memorial page for Barbara L. Tridle Lawson (24 Aug 1929–6 Jul 2001), Find a Grave Memorial ID 105759245, citing Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by SunCacher (contributor 46634396).

Lions Clubs International. "Home." Lions Clubs International.  24 August 2023.

Order of the Eastern Star. "General Grand Chapter." Order of the Eastern Star. 12 June 2023.

Wikipedia Contributors. “Black Forest,” 26 May 2023. Wikipedia: The Free  17 June 2023.

Wikipedia Contributors. “Woman’s Christian Temperance Union,” 2023, May 27. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia 31 May 2023.

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. “About the WCTU.” Woman’s Christian Temperance Union 31 May 2023.


The original date of this post: 24 August 2023, the 94th birthday of Barbara Lou Tridle. 

Last updated: 12 March 2024.