Ruth Emily (Ross) Rider
December 31st, 1927 - September 2nd, 2012 84 Years
No Visitation Scheduled
September 7th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
First United Methodist Churh
72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland
Ruth Emily (Ross) Rider
Pastor’s Wife Extraordinaire
Ruth Rider, 84, passed away on September 2, 2012 at The Estates at Carpenters after a 13 year battle with breast cancer. She was born in Francisco, MI on December 31, 1927 to Rev. Fred and Ethel Ross, a Methodist pastor serving the Ohio Conference.
She is predeceased by her parents, husband, Rev. Ben Rider, and sister, Evangeline Castillos. Her immediate surviving family includes her daughters, Dr. Mary Ellen Rider, Lakeland, and Judy Rider Berry (Gary), Roswell, GA; granddaughter, Lisa Kjellstrom; and brother, Paul Ross of Seattle, WA. She leaves a total of 4 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Ruth attended Findlay College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Florida Southern College. She was an active pastor’s wife as her husband served pastoral assignments for the Florida United Methodist Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Clewiston, Riviera Beach, Bartow, Daytona Beach, Enterprise, Gulfport, Miami, Eau Gallie, Jacksonville Beach, and Satellite Beach. In several cases, she served as occasional organist, her husband’s secretary in connectional positions, as well as sheparding members in churches served.
A resident of Lakeland since 1986, she was an active member of First United Methodist Church, the Bykota Sunday School Class, and the United Methodist Minister retirees, serving in a leadership role in the latter.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 PM Friday, September 7th at First United Methodist Church, Lakeland, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to (1) the Ben and Ruth Rider scholarship endowment at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland 33801 or (2) to a charity of choice.
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Fred and Norma Thorn on September 28th, 2012 - 12:48 pm said:
What a wonderful lady! We will miss her greatly in the Lakeland Retired UM Ministers Mates and in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fred and Norma Thorn
Lynn & Irene Rainsberger on September 7th, 2012 - 11:48 am said:
We have fond memories of many good times with Ben and Ruth dating back to college days before their marriage and with the two families together in years to follow. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and though unable to be at the Memorial Service today, we will be there in spirit.
Lynn Duke Urda on September 5th, 2012 - 1:49 pm said:
Prayers are with you, Mary Ellen and Judy. Your mom was one of the bright shining stars of my life. She was an inspiration to everyone she knew. She and mom have had an amazing friendship over the years. I will cherish all the memories.
Dr. Marvin Odro on September 5th, 2012 - 11:55 am said:
Your mom was a patient of mine for many years, very intelligent, very caring, and I think we both enjoyed our visits together. She may be out of sight, never out of mind.