Betty Lou Ryder

Ryder Betty Lou Ryder, age 90, passed away peacefully on the morning of March 17, 2013, at The Villas at Sunny Acres in Thornton, Colorado. She had been living at Sunny Acres for the last eight months, and prior to that with her daughter and son-in-law Jo Ann and Dan Daugherty of Thornton, Colorado for nine years. Prior to that, she resided in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Gordon J. Ryder. Betty was born June 5, 1922, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Joseph and Annie Randolph. She graduated from Central High School in Oklahoma City in 1940. She attended Oklahoma City Methodist University and Oklahoma A. and M. College at Stillwater. Several years after her marriage, 1961-1962, she attended Ohio State University, majoring in education. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 during her sophomore year, Betty left college and was employed under Federal Civil Service at the U. S. Navy Department, Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, Washington, D. C, 1942-43. Her other places of employment during World War II were secretarial positions with the U. S. Department of Justice, Lands Division, Oklahoma City, 1943-1944, and Armed Forces Radio Service, Hollywood, California, 1944-1945. A.F.R.S., one of the Army Service Forces, prepared recordings of favorite radio shows, minus commercials, and sent them to the troops on the fighting fronts, in hospitals, and in other areas around the world. Also, more than 1000 "Command Performance" shows, featuring top stars of stage, screen, and radio, were prepared by A.F.R.S. for exclusive distribution to servicemen. She met Gordon James Ryder in Oklahoma City while he was attending the Field Artillery Gunnery School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, in the summer of 1943. They were married in the First Methodist Church, Oklahoma City, about two and one-half months after Gordon returned from Europe. Betty is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Larry and Lin Ryder of Lakeland Florida; her daughter and son-in-law Jo Ann and Daniel Daugherty and an extended family in Thornton, Colorado. Jo Ann has a son, Bryan Daugherty, and a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Brandon Bell, who have four children, Myranda, Dawson, Bethany and Miles. Friends may call Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will be held Saturday 11 a.m. with Pastor Bill Montgomery officiating. Interment will follow in the Berkshire Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideon Bible Society, PO Box 832, Delaware, Ohio 43015. Condolences may be expressed at

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 21, 2013