Beth Rider


LAKIN — Beth Rider, 86, of Lakin, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin.

She was born May 17, 1926, in Topeka, to Earl and Edith Wadsworth Nelson. She graduated from Topeka High School.

On June 15, 1947, she married Merl F. Rider in Topeka. They moved to southwest Kansas in 1950 and started farming. In 1981, they moved into Lakin. He died April 11, 2011. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson; and a sister, Jane Beal.

Survivors include three children, Kristina A. Bell of Lakin, Margaret E. Simpson of Duncan, Okla., and Nelson F. Rider of Ulysses; a sister, Kay Corn of Topeka; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.¬ 

Funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Lakin. Burial will follow at Lakin Cemetery.

Visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Memorials are suggested to the Merl and Beth Rider Scholarship Fund, in care of the funeral home, Box 91, Lakin, KS 67860.

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