MARSHFIELD – Sandra Jouette (Wood) Ridlon, 71, passed away peacefully July 8, 2008, after a long illness at Marshall Health Care, Machias, to be with her very much beloved earthly father and mother, Maynard S. and Verlyn (Dawes) Wood, and her heavenly Father, whom she obediently served for many years. Sandy was born Nov. 13, 1937, in Machias. She lived and worked in Portland for many years before returning to Machias, where she found true happiness. She was married briefly to Carl Ridlon of West Baldwin and worked in several Freeport/ Portland businesses, including Freeport Shoe, Roland’s Tavern and for her brother at Wayne’s Country. When she returned to Machias, she found her love for life, volunteering for several groups and was especially happy working with Ellen Small at Meals for Me. Sandy was predeceased by her parents, grandparents and all of her aunts and uncles, whom she loved dearly. She will be sadly missed by her sister, who was her caregiver and guardian angel right to the end, Candi J. Broomhall and husband, Bill, of Lewiston; and her very best friend and confidant, brother, Austin-Willis Wood of Marshfield. She also leaves behind many cousins that were very close to her, including Janalene and husband, Henry Oakes, of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Joan and husband, Breen Libby, of Machiasport, who were faithful friends to the end. She will also be missed by lifelong friends, Olive Healey of Machias, Doralies (Sawyer) Bobryk of Jonesport, Carolyn Sprague and Gary Mallar, both of Machias. We would like to especially extend our appreciation to Dr. Stephanie Gartner Fanburg, of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, for giving her a quality of life in later years that she would not have otherwise had. We would further like to thank Dr. Cynthia Sammis for her caring concern, as well as helping us through the most difficult times of decision making we will ever have to endure. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on her father’s birthday, Sept. 13, 2008, at Community of Christ Church, Machias, with Patriarch Almon Emerson officiating. After there will be a gathering for a reflection on Sandy’s remarkable life at her brother’s home in Marshfield. Burial will be in the family plot at Greenwood Cemetery, Jonesport.