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Helen Rider, our loving Mother, went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2014 at the age of 90. She was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Townsend to Frank and Cathryn Wieferich and was the fourth of 14 children. She married Larry Rider on Aug. 29, 1942, and they were married for 66 years prior to his passing in 2008. They had six children, 20 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Three of her daughters; Donna Bos (Gary), Victoria Ellison (Dale), Theresa Johnson (John); and her son, Bill Rider (Rosanne) live in the Manhattan area. She also had two other daughters, Diane Rider in Spokane, Wash., and Carolyn Maddox (Jay) in Indianapolis, Ind.
At her core, Helen was a devoted wife, beloved Mother and caregiver not only to her family, but also to friends and anyone who needed a little help. She was known for the yummy hot meals that she cooked– three times a day and every day! Because the Rider's lived a block from the Manhattan Schools, the children came home at lunch time for a "hot dinner."
Helen had a beautiful garden that provided the family with year round vegetables because of her skill at "putting up" vegetables and fruit in the fall. Her specialty was making chokecherry syrup that was doled out by Larry to select breakfast visitors as it was Larry's favorite! She made so many sourdough pancakes in her lifetime that they would probably stretch around the world if they were put end to end! Helen also loved flowers and her gardens around her home were always filled with lilacs, peonies and roses.
Helen's talents included sewing clothes for all of her daughters. She was very resourceful and ecology-minded before that was even popular as she often reused material from recycled dresses to make smaller dresses.
Most of all, she guided all of her children to love God and know Jesus Christ as their Savior. She was a role model for all of us; and the only pain she ever caused was when she left us.
Services will be as follows: Vigil Rosary – March 25, 2014, 7 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Three Forks, Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on March 26, and a reception at 1:30 p.m. at Parkhaven Retirement Home in Manhattan after burial at Meadowview Cemetery.
Memorials in Helen's honor can be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, 104 East Birch Street, Three Forks, MT 59752 or to the Manhattan School Foundation, Box 1223, Manhattan, MT 59741 or to a
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 23, 2014