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Alma Rider

May 17, 1934 — March 28, 2024

Forest City, NC

Alma Rider, age 89, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Hilltop Health and Rehabilitation in Rutherfordton.
Alma was born Thursday, May 17, 1934, in Central Islip, New York to the late Pasquale Spera and Ruth Johnson Spera. She worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for various businesses, but her passion was taking care of her family. She especially enjoyed sewing and cooking. Alma also enjoyed fishing. She was a woman of faith and an active member of the North Pole Baptist Church in North Pole, Alaska, and a current member of Tri-City Baptist Church in Forest City. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-eight years, Richard Rider, Sr.; son, Alan Rider and a sister, Barbara Sackmann Harmon. 
Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Richard Rider (Diane) of Forest City; sisters, Grace Schnebly (John) of Delray Beach, Florida, and Cheryl DeMuth (John) of North Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren, Alan Rider, Jr., Wyatt Rider, Samantha Light, Harvey Light; great-grandchildren, Craig Light, Aaron Light, Shanan Light, Brander Masters, Megan Jones (Mason), Audrey Dixon, Diana Light, Rainney Light and a great-great granddaughter, Shanan Light. 
A celebration of Alma’s life will be held on a later date to be announced.



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