Barbara Ann Rider
January 2, 1933 – October 14, 2020
Mrs. Barbara A. Rider passed away peacefully in Rochelle, Va on 10/14/20 at the age 87.
She is survived by her 4 daughters, Judi A. Rider of Plant City, Fl, Joy C. Rider of Arizona, Janice Gillespie of Rixeyville, Va. & Jill R. Wong ( son in law- Albert) of Rochelle, Va. 8 Grandchildren, 12 Great- Grandchildren, and 1 Great, Great Grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie & Omega Wagner of Seabrook, Md. , Her beloved husband of 60 years, Gerald A. Rider Sr. ,Son, Gerald A. Rider, Jr. and Son-In-Law, Reves L. Gillespie.
Bobbi/Babsi as she was called, was born in DC and resided in Glen Dale, Md for many years, later moving to Rixeyville, Va. At retirement she and her husband moved to their beautiful family farm in Pocahontas County, WV. Most recently, she moved to Florida to escape the winter weather!
Flowers, gardening, quilting and spending time with her family were her most cherished hobbies. Barbara worked as a Florist for over 30 years creating beautiful arrangements for others. Her wedding flowers and funeral pieces touched the heart of many in both happy and sad occasions. She truly was an artist, expressing her love through flowers. That same artistry came through with her quilting ability. The color combinations and her eye for design was remarkable, making her quilts one of a kind and cherished by others.
Barbara was a member of Little Fork Episcopal Church while living in Rixeyville, Va. and later of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Marlinton, WV. Always sharing her time, energy and talents she was able to coordinate events such as colonial days, bible school, construction projects, and back pack programs for children. Her community was very important to her.
Family was her heart. In her final days , it was not the fear of death, but only sadness about leaving her loved ones hear on this earth.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Contributions in her memory can be made to Hospice of the Piedmont at 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300 Charlottesville, Va. 22911
Barbara Ann Rider
October 17, 2020
I have so many memories of Barbara I don’t know where to begin. She was a loving Mother, Grandmother, and a friend to all she met. No matter what our plans were for the day, we enjoyed our time together, and I will cherish those memories. Thank you for being a special friend. You will be so missed.
October 16, 2020
Love and sympathy to the family from St John's Church, Marlinton. Bobbie's creativity and hard work to restore it after flood and fire are her memorial. Denise McNeel
October 15, 2020
Met Barb when she first came to visit her daughter, Judi, here in Florida. What a great lady, easy to talk to, seemed to truly love life, and definitely loved Judi. Remember how happy she was when she first rode her bike, unfortunately she fell off her bike and never did get to ride it again, but she took that in stride. May you rest in peace Barb, you will most definitely be missed by your family and friends. Condolences to the family.