JULIA ETTA BILES MERRIT RIDDICK, age 78, died on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was born on October 9, 1930 in Ashdown, Arkansas. She was a lifelong nurse, having worked at the Shriners Hospital, Hermann Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial City Hospitals and Plaza del Oro. She was preceded in death by her parents, A.T. and Irene Biles; sisters, Lorene Pinder and Dollie Sharpe; and her first husband, Jack Merritt. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Claude L. Riddick; daughter, Suzi Merritt; stepdaughter, Patricia Riddick Carter and husband Emmett of Baton Rouge; stepson, Gregory Riddick; stepson, Randall Riddick and wife Cheryl of Baton Rouge; stepson, Hugh Riddick of Baton Rouge; granddaughter, Melissa Merritt Darden and husband John of North Carolina; granddaughter, Noelle Carter; grandson, Ben Carter; granddaughter, Lily Riddick, all of Baton Rouge; sister, Nora Lee Gray and husband James; niece, Judith Snow of New Mexico; and nephew, Jimmy Gray. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, January 2, 2009 at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2009 in the chapel of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.