Long time resident, Maryan Rosamond (Feese) Rider passed away at Heritage of Wauneta nursing home Thursday (March 20, 2003) at age 102. She was the youngest of seven children born to Urias D. Feese and Elizabeth (Zerbe) Feese at Alma on Dec. 24, 1900. Maryan attended school in Alma, graduating from Alma High School in 1919. She acquired her teaching certificate after two summers of schooling at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, after which she taught for three years, one year in a country school near Alma and two years at Stamford Public Schools.
While living in Stamford, Maryan met and married Frank E. Rider, a dentist on June 8, 1925. In 1926, they moved to Wauneta, where Frank continued his dental practice for sixty years. During this time, they built and operated the Chateau Theatre in the evenings.
Eventually two sons were born to Frank and Maryan, Dr. Eugene F. Rider and Kenneth C. Rider.
Maryan grew up on a farm north of Alma. Her father was a farmer, breeder of registered Holstein cattle and a dairyman. He built both an ice cream and a butter factory on his farm, and shipped their products by railroad. Milk from the farm was delivered each morning throughout the town of Alma.
Maryan loved horse riding and would often help her father bring in the cattle.
While teaching in the rural one room school, she saddled and rode her favorite horse, for some distance, to the school each day, including winter, as her mode of transportation. Maryan had many interests in Wauneta. She loved the outdoors, working in her garden, planting flowers, pulling weeds and mowing the lawn.
Neither was there a lack of talent. Among other things, she played the organ, was an artist, did intricate needlework, quilted, braided rugs and made many crafts.
She was a loving and caring mother to her family, and never once did she utter an offensive word to anyone.
Maryan especially had a deep love for her husband. "Working and being together" was their motto for a happy marriage, and they did almost everything together. This entailed, coupled with many other things, helping Frank with his dental practice and the theatre at night. Frank's death stunned her with grief and pain for many years.
Maryan was also a loving person toward people. There wasn't a person she didn't like. Her love for people was expressed, among other ways, in giving during the depression years, and her wholehearted contributions which made possible the reopening of the Chateau Theatre.
Maryan believed very deeply in God, and that life follows death. She was also an avid reader. The Bible especially gave her comfort and strength.
A family "That eats and prays together, stays together," was another strong belief held by Maryan. As a result, a short prayer was always said before meals which included the holding of hands.
Maryan's "house on the hill," was also her heart. It filled her with hope, encouragement, guidance and love. And the kitchen was often filled with the aroma of baking chocolate or some other savory and appetizing foods. Maryan was a skillful and gifted cook.
With the last chapter of Maryan's life having ended, preceding her in death were her parents; four brothers; two sisters; husband, Frank; and son, Kenneth. She will be sadly missed by her son, Gene; two daughters-in-law, Marilyn and Marcia; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Services for Maryan R. Rider were Monday, (March 24, 2003), at the Methodist Church in Wauneta. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery. A memorial fund has been set up for the Wauneta Senior Center Building Fund.