Mary L. Ryder, 73

TEMPLE — Mary L. Ryder, 73, of Temple, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, after losing a courageous battle with cancer. She passed with her loving family at her side.

Mary was born in Wilton on May 5, 1940, the daughter of Alden “Mike” Smith and Florence (Tracy) Smith. She was educated in Wilton schools, graduating from Wilton Academy in 1958.

After graduation, she moved to southern Maine and spent five years working as a Title 1 teacher’s aide. She returned to the Farmington area in 1978. She was employed at G.H. Bass for six years, then she worked at Property Appraisal Services for 24 years; during that time she trained to be a property appraiser. She then moved on to open her own appraisal company, Franklin County Appraisals, retiring in 2013.

Mary spent many hours of her free time volunteering at the Farmington Ski Club. She enjoyed being a ski school instructor and member of the board of directors. Mary also enjoyed helping in her grandchildren's classrooms. Mary could always be found helping others as a member of the American Legion and Emblem Club.

Mary is survived by her husband of 33 years, Roger Ryder; daughters, Melissa (Ryder) Jones of Wilton and Deborah (Corson) Stebbins of Gray; son, Michael Corson of Casco; her brother, George Smith; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and three nephews and two nieces.

She was predeceased by her parents, Mike and Florence Smith; a sister, Barbara Phillips; and a grandson.

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Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court Street, Farmington. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Wilton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary L. Ryder Ski School Scholarship Fund. Send to Titcomb Ski Club Education Foundation, P.O. Box 43, Farmington, ME 04938

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