Martha Stouffer Ryder Smith 1920 ~ 2011 Martha Stouffer Ryder Smith, born October 19, 1920 to Henry Moyer Ryder and Mary Isabelle Stouffer Ryder in Bradford, PA, died peacefully on March 7, 2011 in Phoenix, where she has lived for the past year with her daughter, Mary.She was an alumni of Bradford Junior College, MA and Pomona College, CA, then spent her long and interesting life divided between her large family, geology, and art. Martha received her masters degree in geology at the University of Utah, and studied for a PhD, anticipating many ideas in plate tectonics. She is survived by her seven children, Frank (Herlin) Smith, Linda (George) Nelson, Phoebe Bergvall, Mary (Stephen) Byerly, Tita (Ward) Smith, Hank (Carol) Jenkins-Smith and Jeremy Smith, as well as eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Julia Ryder Pringle. She will be missed, and lives on in her art, her children, and many wonderful memories.

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune on Mar. 13, 2011.
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I recall you telling me on more than once that you thought your mother was "just really cool"..
Though I only met your mother a couple of times and it was many years ago, I remember she had a style that was pleasant in the most positive ways. I'm sorry you lost your mom.

Lynn Staley
March 17, 2011
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

John, Teresa, and John
John Matthews
March 17, 2011
The Utah Geological Survey extends its condolences to the family of Martha, who worked with us for many years. Martha was a joy to work with and our source for a wealth and depth of information.
We would like to write a rememberance of Martha in our newsletter that would benefit with a few details that the family could provide. We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Sandy Eldredge, Program Manager Geologic Information and Outreach 801-537-3325, [email protected]
March 16, 2011
I'll never forget her telling me that she wished she had pursued a career in art rather than doing what seemed sensible. Yet, it seems, the end of life brings reconciliation with roads taken, roads not. Peace, Martha.
March 14, 2011
Ray and I remember Martha as a wonderful mother and artist. We're sorry to see that's she's gone, but her children can take note that she raised a great independent group of people.

Ray and Danielle Nelson
Wetumpka, Al.
Ray and Danielle Nelson
March 13, 2011
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