Emily Rider
1953 - 2020
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Lubbock- Emily Rider finished her journey here on earth on July 29, 2020. She was born to Lester and Elaine Perrin on October 19, 1953 in Henrietta, Texas. Her family moved to Lubbock in 1959 for her parents to begin teaching careers at Lubbock Christian College. Emily graduated from Lubbock Christian High School and went on to attended Lubbock Christian College where she received her Associates Degree before going on to receive a nursing degree in 1975 from the University of Texas System Wide School of Nursing in Fort Worth. She earned her Masters Degree in Medical Science in 1980 from UT Arlington. The majority of her early nursing career was spent working in Labor & Delivery at Lubbock General Hospital where she worked as a charge nurse and was also very active with the Childrens Miracle Network Telethon. She began teaching at South Plains College Nursing School in 1990 and retired in December, 2016. During her 25+ years in teaching it gave her so much joy to influence and encourage future nurses. Her students adored her, which was evident anytime she saw one of them around Lubbock as they would stop to hug her neck and tell her how much they loved and appreciated her. Emily was a loyal and faithful member at Vandelia Church of Christ since 1959 when her family began attending there. She found many of her best friends there and raised her children in this church. She taught many children's bible classes throughout the years, but her favorite thing about church most recently was being able to teach and interact with the kids in the Vandelia Village neighborhood during the Summer Lunch Program and Wednesday night meal and classes. She loved spending time with her fellow South Plains College instructors, her Bible Study group, her book club and her Saturday morning coffee friends. She loved God and lived in such a way that His light shined through her to everyone she came in contact with. Emily loved her family and rarely went anywhere without one or all of her children by her side. She was especially fond of her 3 grandchildren, which is why she almost never missed one of their events. From baseball and basketball games, soccer matches to gymnastics and dance showcases, she showed up for all of it. Emily's health was challenging for her, but she never let it slow her down. She always persevered and she did it with a smile on her face. She was an inspiration to so many and will be missed by all. Emily is preceded in death by her parents Lester and Elaine Perrin of Lubbock and her brother, David Perrin of Lubbock. She leaves behind her daughter, Sarah Clark and husband Danny of Lubbock, son Matthew Rider, daughter, Amy Rider and wife, Kristin of Lubbock, 3 grandchildren, Dean and Audrey Clark and John Humble, brother Doug Perrin and wife, Dana of Cedar Hill, TX, brother Tim Perrin and wife, Lucy of Malibu, CA, brother Mark Perrin and wife Becky of Dallas, TX, sister-in-law, Dawn Perrin of Lubbock and many cousins and nieces and nephews.

The family will host a come and go visitation on Thursday, August 6th at LCU's Virginia Bryant Park at Legacy Terrace located at the intersection of Eileen Blvd and 26th street from 5-7pm.There will be a closed family service on Sunday, August 9th to celebrate the life of Emily. Any donations in Emily's name can be made to Vandelia Church of Christ.

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Published in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2020.
05:00 - 07:00 PM
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October 20, 2020
Emily was a special lady. Her bright smile was a ray of sunshine every time I saw her. I think of her often and how welcoming she was when I first joined Vandelia. She was so loved and will be missed by everyone that ever met her!
Dian Taylor
August 7, 2020
We want to send condolences to the whole Perrin/Rider family. Emily was amazing and influenced many! She was a great teacher and overcame hardships and continued to live her life as a Christian example.
Rod and Sandra Blackwood
August 6, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss. Emily was such an absolutely lovely person! Always positive, smiling and happy! Loved seeing her at Crestview for her grandchildren’s programs!
Jorond Gault
August 5, 2020
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Dawn Perrin
August 4, 2020
I have many wonderful memories of Emily over a lot of great years. She was truly a special blessing to all of us who had the pleasure to know her. My prayers are with all who loved her.
Kary Allyn Blair
August 4, 2020
Sarah, Matt, Amy and family,
Dale and I were so sad to learn of Emily’s passing. You all have been in our prayers and we ask God to comfort each of you and give you peace through this difficult time.
Judy Holton
August 4, 2020
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