Jean was born in Medford, MA on November 8, 1919, she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Helen Laura (Desmond) Ryder. Jean grew up in West Medford and Malden, graduating from Medford High School in 1938. She moved with her family to Wilmington in 1966 where she resided until her death.
As a youngster Jean grew up in the Christian Endeavor and was active at the West Medford Baptist Church. Currently Jean was a regular attender and member of Bay State Baptist Church in Lowell, MA.
Following High School Jean worked as a secretary until World War II broke out and she became part of the War Effort working as a machine operator. Jean received a Commendation from the War Manpower Commission of the United States of America for her efforts during WWII.
After the War ended Jean went to work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Employment Security, where she was a meticulous and dependable employee. Jean was a pleasure to work with and made many friends along the way, she retired in 1983 following many years of faithful service to the State of Massachusetts.
In her spare time, Jean liked to bake and garden. She was also active in the Pioneer Girls program at the First Baptist Church of Wilmington and was a member of the Wednesday morning prayer group. She taught Sunday school at the Maplewood Baptist Church in Malden for many years before moving to Wilmington. She enjoyed vacations, holidays, and would use any excuse to get together with “family”, just to spend time with those she loved.
Jean will be remembered for her kindness, her caring ways, her opinions and truthfulness, and for her great faith in God. She left a presence wherever she went and she will be greatly missed by all.
Jean was the beloved aunt of Laurie Ings, her husband the late Kenneth Ings and their family John & Heather Ings, Melissa “Missy” Ings, David, Daniel, Michael, and Victoria Ings all of Wilmington with whom she lived, Beverly Cameron of East Hampton, MA, Lee Ann Fifty of New Hampshire, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews. Jean was also the dear sister of the late Barbara Martin, Priscilla Ward, Charles Kimball Ryder, Jr., and Hope Thatcher.
Family and friends will gather for visiting hours on Sunday, August 7th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Jean’s Funeral Service will be held on Monday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorial donations in Jean’s name may be made to New England Frontier Camp, 197 Quite A Road, Lovell, ME 04051 or to My Father’s House Life Saver Ministries, 83 Middlesex St., North Chelmsford, MA 01863.