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Esther Marie Rider

May 27, 1927 — November 4, 2020

Esther Marie Rider, 93, formerly of North Webster, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Heritage Pointe Retirement Home in Warren where she had been living for the past several years. Born May 27, 1927 in Troy Township of Whitley County, she was the daughter of Delbert and Irene (Wright) Martin.

She graduated from Larwill High School with the Class of 1945. On September 28, 1945, she married Arden Rider. Esther worked for International Harvester in Fort Wayne and retired from Wawasee High School. She was a member of North Webster United Methodist Church and a former member of Etna United Methodist Church and Backwater Friends Home Economic Club.

She is survived by her loving husband of 75 years, Arden Rider; daughter, Cheryl (Jack Lapinsky) Rider; brother, Gail "Speedy" (Carol) Martin; daughters-in-law, Nora Kametani and Beth Rider; eight grandchild, Sean Vyain, Alison Vyain, Justin Rider, Kate (Mike) Parks, Michaela Kametani-Rider, Aaron Kametani-Rider, Cheyenne Kametani-Rider and Dustin Rider; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Vyain and Reeder Vyain. She was preceded in death by her parents and sons, David Paul Rider and Aaron Craig Rider; and sister, Hilda Gaerte.

A gathering of family and friends will be 10-11 am Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City with a public funeral service at 11 am. Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus will be officiating. Esther was laid to rest at the Scott-Keister Cemetery in rural Whitley County in November of 2020. Visit to send Esther's family online condolences or sign the online guest book.

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