Betty J. Buzzard Ryder

Betty J. Buzzard Ryder, 78, of 2376 Little Back Creek Road , Warm Springs, Virginia died Saturday, March 02, 2013 at her residence.
She was born September 26, 1934 in Mountain Grove, Virginia, the daughter of the late William Cash Buzzard and Ada Elizabeth Hare Buzzard. She was married to the late Kenneth George Ryder, who preceded her in death on October 21, 2005.
She was retired from the cafeteria at Bath County High School with 15 years of service.
She was a member of the Mountain Grove Fire Department where she was a former First Responder. She attended the Mountain Grove United Methodist Church; enjoyed gardening, flowers and her banny roosters. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
She is survived by four children, Kenneth Bruce Ryder & wife Leslie of Mountain Grove, Virginia, Karen R. Finel & husband, Michel of Warm Springs, Randall G. Ryder & wife Melanie of Goshen, Virginia and Keith G. Ryder & wife Christine Smith of Porter, Texas; 9 grandchildren, Christina and Morgan Ryder, Fabrice and Céline Finel, Sandrine Finel, Caitlin, Dylan, Aislinn and Felicity Ryder; 2 great grand children; and a brother, Robert Joseph “Joe” Buzzard of Marlinton, West Virginia.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Ryder was preceded in death by two sisters, Odessa Brammer and Louise Rimel; and a brother, Richard Ray Buzzard.
A funeral service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5th at the Mountain Grove United Methodist Church with Reverend Steve Greer and Reverend Richard Boyer officiating. Interment will be in Mountain Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at McLaughlin and Young Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Grove Volunteer Fire Department c/o Bruce Ryder, 1244 Little Back Creek Road, Warm Springs, Virginia 24484.


  1. Karen I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom always had a smile and a cheerful outlook. I will not be able to get to the viewing or funeral as I had to do the prep for my colonoscopy last night and just got home about 3:15 today and slept a while so the la-la juice would wear off. Please tell Michele and the children our heart goes out to them. We love you all and you are in our prayers.

  2. I just wanted to let everyone know that It was a shock to me to hear about Betty. I feel sad about the news of her passing. I will always remember her and the special times we shared growing up together on Little Back Creek. Love you Betty

    Shirley Keyes Lytwyn

  3. So sorry!!! Have to share a favorite moment Betty and I had while I taught at BCHS. Betty was put in charge of making the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch one day. Well she forgot to put the jelly on the sandwiches. The students sure had a tough time swallowing those pb and j sandwiches without the j,and milk sales soared for the day!! We both sure had many laughs over that one. Thanks for a great memory Betty!!


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