Cover photo for Nayadean Ridgway Kozelski's Obituary
Nayadean Ridgway Kozelski Profile Photo

Nayadean Ridgway Kozelski

December 3, 1925 — April 5, 2022

Nayadean Ridgway Kozelski

Nayadean Kozelski passed away on April 5, 2022, at the age of 96, in Forney, Texas. She was born December 3, 1925, on Basket’s Ranch, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma to Stanley James Tilden Ridgway and Betty Birdsong, both preceded her in death. Her husband Richard Raymond Kozelski passed on February 5, 2017.

Nayadean and Richard married on November 20, 1949 in Dallas, Texas. They were married 68 years, 2 months and 17 days. Nayadean helped Richard run their business, Kozelski Electronics, in Dallas, Texas for 20 years. They retired in 1982, to The “Tick” Farm in Atoka, Oklahoma. In 1996, they returned to the DFW metroplex to live near their daughter in Forney.

Nayadean loved to read, especially mysteries and westerns and enjoyed spending time in her garden. In High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society. Next she moved to Dallas in 1944, to work as Rosie the Riveter. She counter sank rivets on P-29’s, allowing them to get 600 miles more distance per flight, thus helping to win the battle of Japan and the Pacific. She was a volunteer for Congressman James M. Collins for many years, past member of the PrestonWest and Kaufman County Republican Women, the Atoka County and Kaufman County Republican Parties and the Kaufman County Master Gardeners. Nayadean was a member of the King’s Fort chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Nayadean had a deep faith and love of the Lord. She was baptized in 1944, and was a member of the Church of Christ for 78 years. She will be deeply missed by her much loved family that includes her daughter Kim Kozelski, nephews Brian and Reed Ridgway, sister in law Peggi Ridgway and her Corgi babies St. John and Lacey.

Graveside services will be held at DFW National Cemetery, Monday, April 25, 2022 at 1:15pm.


To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Nayadean Ridgway Kozelski, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Graveside Service

Monday, April 25, 2022

1:15 - 2:00pm (Central time)

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Visits: 7

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree