Betty J. Rider, 82, of Columbia City, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 12:04 a.m. at Miller's Merry Manor.
Mrs. Rider had been employed by Rinker's Dress Shop, Alfran Nursing Home and The Oaks for a total of 15 years. She worked at Kmart, in Warsaw, from 1996 until 1998. She was a former member of Salem Community Church, in Wilmot.
She was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Noble County to Oscar H. and Elsie M. Freed Peterson. She married Royce L. Rider on Feb. 14, 1954, and he preceded her in death on July 16, 1998.
Survivors include two daughters, Royca L. Rider, of Columbia City, and Tamy J. Sult, of Huntington; a granddaughter, Lonna Perkins; and a great-granddaughter.
She is also survived by her caregiver, Debbie Birtchum, of Columbia City.
A service will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at noon, with calling two hours prior to the service, a Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial will be at Eden Cemetery, Topeka.
Gifts to assist with funeral expenses may be made in care of Smith & Sons Funeral Home, 207 N. Main St., Columbia City, IN 46725.