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34 Beaver Rd
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 563-9999
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Frances Ryder

Frances Ryder (Beebe)

Saturday, June 26th, 1926 - Friday, December 7th, 2018
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Frances Elizabeth Beebe Ryder, born June 26, 1926 in Fall River Mass, passed away peacefully and in the comfort of her family on Dec. 7, 2018 at the age of 92. Born in in Fall River, Betty grew up in Hartford CT and was a 1944 graduate of Bulkeley High School. Growing up in Hartford Betty and her family frequently vacationed in Maine, where she met and married William Ryder, who predeceased her in 1988. She held a special attachment to extended Ryder family for the rest of her life. Betty raised five children, living in East Hartford, South Windsor and finally in Manchester, where she resided for over 45 years. A pioneer for women in the workplace in the 1960s, Betty turned a part-time job into a thriving career as a newspaper reporter, columnist and editor for the Manchester Herald and The Journal Inquirer. Her love of a good story continued in freelance work well into her 80s. Betty's love of food, travel and writing led her to varied adventures in a career that she loved. Whether it was paddling a dugout canoe in the Amazon jungle or interviewing the Captain of a luxury cruise ship, she was always "all in" treating each story and subject as unique. Betty's travels took her all over the world and at times, she would invite her friend and amateur photographer Connie Costello to accompany her. Their teamwork was featured many times in the newspaper articles Betty created for devoted readers of her Travel and Leisure columns. Her sincerity and love of people was evident, whether she was conducting an interview or in a chance meeting. Her love of adventure and knowledge continued to the end. In her later years she could often be found reading, writing, researching, watching Jeopardy and rooting for Tom Brady (for which her children will forgive her). She will be deeply missed by her children; John and Pam Ryder of Ellington, Dennis and Linda Ryder of Coventry, Tim and Janet Ryder of South Windsor, Dave Ryder of Manchester, Margaret and Jim Costello of Mystic, her grandchildren, Nicole Gardinier (Joe), Leanne Ryder, JR Ryder (Erica) Ryland and Eamon Costello, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, whom she loved as her own. She was predeceased by her brother Robert Beebe, daughter-in law Rose and her beloved grandson Nolan Ryder. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Donations in her name may be made to the LCpl. Nolan Ryder Memorial, c/o Nicola, Yester & Co.PC, 223 Eastern Blvd. Glastonbury, CT.06033. The Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Glastonbury has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, please visit
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Mitch & rae slowick

Posted at 12:14am
What a great lady, loved life, Her dogs, and pretty much everyone she met. Always had a story to tell about her interesting life. She will certainly be missed.

Chris Powell

Posted at 08:55pm
Betty was the most gracious and vivacious person who ever worked for the Journal Inquirer's news department. She brought enthusiasm and insight to every assignment. She was also a good friend to her colleagues, full of kindness. I will remember her and hope that her full and accomplished life will always cheer her family and friends.


Posted at 05:51pm
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

Gene & Lana Daniels

Posted at 04:08pm
Dave & Family, As Lana and I shared an evening of Bingo this pass Friday and asking others about you...we were informed and saddened to hear about your Mother's passing. From our conversations with you (which included your time with your Mom & the interesting life she led) we learned that she was a very incredible lady. She had many strengths and was quite the achiever...and yes we did speak about one of her favorite past times that she looked forward to visiting Mohegan Sun with her lady friend. Lana and I learned that your Mom was a person who did not short change herself. For the 92 years the Lord allowed her to be on this earth she enjoyed every minute of her life living it to the fullest in many ways as also explained in her obituary. Dave we look forward to seeing you soon and please know that Lana and I are here if you need us...and your Mom, you and your family are in our prayers. God Bless my friend...

Kim Dorey Wallis

Posted at 02:15pm
Betty ... what an extraordinary person and I was blessed to call her my friend. From her wit and humor, to her charm and twinkle, to her flair with the written word, her enthusiasm for telling stories, her deep love for her family, her laugh, her smiling eyes, her grace and style, her generous spirit and love for adventure ... I will miss Betty. Know she will reconnect with Robert, Rose and beloved Nolan. Many others who went home before her will be waiting with love and tender caring. Let the heavenly travels and stories begin dear Betty ... until we meet again ...

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