Sue Carol Rider, 74, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:55 p.m. Nov. 27, 2011, in her home surrounded by her loving family with the support of Community Health Professionals Home Hospice following a prolonged fight against heart and kidney disease.
She was born July 21, 1937, in Lima, to Kathryn (Cox) and Marion Sherrick, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 7, 1956, she married Kenneth H. Rider, of Spencerville, who passed away in February 2009 after 52 years of marriage.
Surviving are two sons, Dan (Marie) Rider, of Newtown Square, Pa., Brett (Kellie) Rider, of Spencerville; three daughters, Lisa (Larry) Fisher, of Wapakoneta, Robin (Kevin) Jones, of Clyde, and Beth (Howard) Brockman, of Cincinnati; 14 grandchildren, Randy (Carrie) Fisher, Katie (Craig) Kohler, Austin (Kelli) Fisher, Rebecca Jones, Candy Jones, Kayla (Josh) Miller, and Kevin Jones, Joesi and Lexie Rider, Jordyn, Joel and Jessie Rider, and Ryan and Lucas Brockman; eight great-grandchildren, Jack, Caroline, and Kathleen Fisher; Berkley and Lauryn Fisher; Ashtyn Kohler; Hannah Peterson, Andrew Miller; and two sister-in-laws, Gertrude Sherrick, of Lima, and Alyce Morrison, of Spencerville.
She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Randall Rider; a great-granddaughter, Kennedy Grace Fisher; and four brothers, Edgar Sherrick, Robert Kerr, Ronald Sherrick, and Jack Sherrick.
She attended Lima Central High School in Lima, and in 1954 started her career as a model and sales associate at Madisonâ€™s Dress shop in downtown Lima. Over the years, Sue also worked as the bakery manager at Gerberâ€™s grocery store and as a sales associate at Uhlmanâ€™s clothing store, both in Wapakoneta. Sue was a member of the Lima area Rainbow for Girls, Wapakoneta Order of the Eastern Star, and the First United Methodist Church of Wapakoneta.
She was a devoted mother and wife, enduring multiple family moves between Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Arkansas until settling down in Wapakoneta in 1972. Sue also spent 10 years in retirement in Bradenton, Fla., returning to Wapakoneta following Kenâ€™s passing in 2009.
Services are at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. R.J Davis will be officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Spencerville Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Way of Auglaize County in Wapakoneta.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schlosserfuneralhome.com.