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Karla McLer­ran Riddick, 71, passed away peace­fully on Au­gust 24, 2017 at her home in Con­roe, Texas af­ter a brief, coura­geous bat­tle with can­cer.

Born in Tulsa, Ok­la­homa in 1945, Karla was the daugh­ter of Mar­garet Lem­mons and Bu­ford Wes­ley McLer­ran. She was a grad­u­ate of North Dal­las High School and the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton and spent years in Hu­man Re­sources and Of­fice Man­age­ment.

Karla was a kind and loyal wife, mother, grand­mother, and friend who will be re­mem­bered by her in­fec­tious laugh, love of Hous­ton pro­fes­sional sports, and amaz­ing south­ern gravy and scram­bled eggs.

She found par­tic­u­lar joy in play­ing bridge and was ac­tive in the Glen­shire din­ner and ladies’ bridge groups in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Af­ter mov­ing to Con­roe and re­tir­ing, she spent a lot of time at the Bridge Club of Hous­ton (and oth­ers), where she fur­ther de­vel­oped her bridge game, achieved Sil­ver Life Mas­ter, and forged some won­der­ful friend­ships. Karla had bridge on the brain even in her fi­nal days (seven no trump!) and en­joyed vis­its from her bridge friends near and far dur­ing some dif­fi­cult days.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Cur­tis Riddick, with whom she shared 49 years of mar­riage; her chil­dren Shel­ley Du­Val, Mark Du­Val, and Laura Riddick Avery; grandson Jack Avery and son-in­law Ted Avery; grand­chil­dren Claire and James Du­Val and their mother Les­lie Du­Val McCul­loch; sib­lings Mike and Nema McLer­ran, and many nieces and neph­ews.

In true Karla style, she re­quested a cel­e­bra­tion of her life at a Mex­i­can restau­rant in Con­roe, where friends and fam­ily can gather over tacos and re­mem­ber the good times. De­tails will be posted on Karla’s Car­ing Bridge site.

In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to JJ Watt’s Hous­ton Flood Re­lief Fund in Karla’s name to help fam­i­lies af­fected by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, re­build, re­set­tle, and con­tinue for­ward.

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