Her Application for Social Security says that she was born on 28 July 1905 at Kansas City to Thomas E. Ridenour and Mabel C. Wade.(U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [Ancestry.com.database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007. SSN 510688920)
Birdie B. Ridenour and James T. Phillips obtained a marriage license on 24 Feb 1923 in Jackson County, Missouri. She was 18 and he was 22.(Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002 [Ancestry.com.database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007. Original data: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm.)
A female (unnamed) child was born on 28 July 1905 at Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, to Thomas E. Ridenour, 28 b. USA, and Mabel Wade, 24..("Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818-1936," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FWF7-L45 : 8 December 2014), Ridenour, 28 Jul 1905; citing Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, reference Page 178 #6996; FHL microfilm 1,605,148).
When he registered for the World War 1 Draft, Thomas Ridenour said he was 44 years old, b. 22 Feb 1877. He lived at 3028 North 29th, Kansas City, and worked as a "serum laborer" for Dr. Ray's Hog Cholera Serum Co. in Kansas City. His nearest relative was his wife Mrs. Mable Ridenour of the same home address.("United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K662-RYH : 12 December 2014), Thomas Edward Ridenour, 1917-1918; citing Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,643,944.)
In 1910, Thomas Ridenour, 32 year old, no occupation, lived in Kansas Ward 1, Jackson, Missouri, with his wife Mabel, 28 b. Illinois, and 3 children: Gladys, 7 b. MO; Bertie, 5 b. MO; and Thomas, 3 (no birth place). Thomas Sr. and Mable have been married for 10 years, and Mabel has had 3 children. Thomas Sr.'s father was born in MO, but his mother was born in Wisconsin. Mabel's father was born in CANADA and her mother in Illinois.("United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2YC-3J9 : 29 October 2015), Thomas Ridenour, Kansas Ward 1, Jackson, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 22, sheet 12A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,798.)
In 1900, Thomas Ridenour, a 22 year old merchant b. Missouri Jan 1878, lived in Kansas City Ward 2, Wyandotte, Kansas. His father was born in Missouri and his mother in Michigan. He lived A. J. Ridenour, a 53 year old day laborer b. Missouri March 1847., and A.J.'s wife Lydia, 47 b. Michigan Sept 1853. A.J. and Lydia have been married for 30 years and has had 13 children, 7 of whom are living. The other children living with the family are: Lula, 19; Parr, 17; Elmer; Lizzie, 7; and Joseph, 3. The children were all born in Kansas except Thomas and Parr, who were born in Missouri. Mable Wade, 19, is a boarder living with the family. She was born June 1881, bur no birth place is given.("United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMBM-14P : 20 January 2015), Thomas E Ridenour in household of A J Ridenour, Kansas City Ward 2, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States; citing ED 148, sheet 19A, family 378, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,504.)
Thomas E. Ridenour died on 24 May 1949. He was to be buried at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas. An application was made by Mabel Clara Ridenour, who lived at 2312 Farrow, Kansas City, for a military headstone based on Thomas's service in the Spanish War. He enlisted on 27 April 1898 and was discharged on 28 Oct 1899. He served as a Pvt. with Co. B, 20th Regt., Kansas Inf., US Volunteers. He received pension #C 2373637.(U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 [Ancestry.com. database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.) You can see a picture of his gravestone at FindAGrave.