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Obituary: Irene Ryder

Posted: Dec 20, 2017 2:49 PM Updated:

Irene Ryder, 88, of Great Falls, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

Irene was born on a small farm outside Coral City (Whitehall), Wisconsin to Harry and Mary (Scott) Phillipson on May 15, 1929.

Irene’s family moved from Coral City, WI to Galesville, WI when Irene was 6 years old, then to Milwaukee, WI after she completed the 6th grade.

Her parents divorced and Irene’s mother, Mary married Norman Hunter and they moved from Milwaukee to Trempealeau, WI after the 9th grade.

In 1946 she was prom queen at Trempealeau High School and was school choir soloist for two years prior to graduating in 1947.

She married Cal Ryder in 1950 after a two year courtship. During this courtship they developed lifelong interests in outdoor activities—bird watching, hiking, fishing, and photography along the upper Mississippi River and surrounding bluff country.

For Irene the natural world was always a fascination and awesome beauty to be understood, enjoyed and held sacred to all. 

Her interests, talents and abilities continued to expand to allow a very complete life experience including becoming an accomplished seamstress constructing most of her own proper attire as a secretary in formal offices of large businesses and the US Army COE in St. Paul, MN, ND and Montana.

Her love of the natural world was not inhibited or dulled by society and the formal business world.

Rather, it expanded to fishing, hiking, backpacking trips, cross-country skiing, horse trips in the mountains and prairies from Denali National Park through the Canadian provinces to the mountains of Costa Rica where she made a valiant effort with a failing heart.

All through life she continued to develop her domestic talents of homemaking: home decorating, cooking, baking and greatly enjoyed entertaining small groups with large meals, including personal unique recipes of desserts.

Much of the food was provided by her first love of the outdoors, which was gardening to enjoy directly from the garden and also to preserve for later use. 

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.

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