Dorothy Ryder


Dorothy Ryder

November 7, 1933 – January 11, 2017

Dorothy J. Ryder, age 83 of Eldorado, Illinois passed away on

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in her home with family by her


Dorothy was born November 7, 1933 in Galena, Missouri to

Freda (Curtis) Asher Duffer and Elmer Asher. On May 10,

1952, she married Herbert Anderson (Herb) Ryder, Sr. in

Decatur, Illinois.

Family and church meant everything to Dorothy. She was

known far and wide, to many, as ‘Aunt Dot’ or ‘Granny’. She

nourished those around her with her love, faith and food. She

was a lifelong member of the Community of Christ Church,

serving God and her fellow members at her beloved Brush

Creek Campground for 46 years, cooking many meals and

serving as Deacon. She also served as Deacon in her Eldorado

congregation where she taught many children about the love of

Jesus Christ and supported the international church at large.

Dorothy loved to cook for family and friends. Some favorite

recipes were chicken and dumplings, biscuits and gravy, cherry

delight, strawberry freezer jam and caramels. The list goes on.

Her favorite community outreach programs included: Star

Church Clothes Closet in Eldorado and Community of Christ

food pantry in Thompsonville, Illinois.

Over the years, Dorothy held many jobs, but her favorite was

working for Edminster Accounting during tax season for many


Her most important vocation was staying home and raising her

children. Dorothy is survived by all of her children: Herbert

Anderson, Jr “Andy” & Peggy, Robert Bradley & Suzette,

Kenneth Gene & Heather, Dawn Marie, Joseph Nelson & Tara.

Dorothy has 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one

great, great grandchild. She is also survived by her siblings:

Kathy White, Mary Morris, Norma (Don) Ericson & Sidney

(Nancy) Duffer, plus many beloved sisters-in-law, brothers-inlaw,

nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband,


Visitation will be held at Watson’s Funeral Home in Eldorado,

Illinois from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

A Celebration of Life service will also be held at Watson’s

Funeral Home in Eldorado, Illinois at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday,

January 15, 2017. A dinner will follow at the Community of

Christ Church at 35 Wasson Rd., Eldorado, Illinois.

Interment of Dorothy’s ashes will be at Brush Creek Cemetery

in Xenia, Illinois during the Summer of 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the

Community of Christ Brush Creek Campground fund.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc.

for their loving care during the last two months.

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