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Joan Elizabeth Rider

July 14, 1942 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 78)


Joan Elizabeth Rider died on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Seasons Hospice at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, following a battle with COVID-19. 

She was the much-loved daughter of William Rider and Ruth Gormley Rider of Baltimore, MD, now deceased. She is survived by her cousin and sister-of-the-heart, Eileen Lyons Fleckenstein; and cousins Carolyn Ent (Robert Almond), Cynthia Fleckenstein Freeman, Jean Fleckenstein Bunker (Robert), and Kristina Topper, as well as numerous other relatives and close friends who all cherished their times with Joan.

Joan Rider graduated from Towson High School with the class of 1960.

Employed at Noxell Corporation (later Proctor & Gamble) as an integral member of the Human Resources team, Joan distinguished herself as a dedicated and thorough employee, receiving accolades from superiors and colleagues throughout her career. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for many years. Joan enjoyed travel, visiting Europe and Hawaii with friends. She also was a huge fan of Elvis, and a favorite memory of hers was seeing him in concert in Las Vegas. 

After her retirement, Joan was known for her love of fellowship with family and friends at restaurant gatherings and game nights, where she particularly excelled in word games, Pinochle, and trivia. Joan had a joyful laugh and a giving spirit, and touched many lives. She was a thoughtful card sender, always including a heartfelt, and often witty, sentiment.

Funeral services are private. The family is planning a Celebration of Life for this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center.


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8576 Davis Road, Columbia MD 21045

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