PORTLAND — Judith Ann “Judy” Kane Ryder, 71, died Aug. 11 at the Barron Center in Portland, where she resided for the past two years.
On April 18, 1939, she was born in Portland, the daughter of Sgt. John G. and Pearl Theriault Kane of Munjoy Hill, and attended Cathedral schools in Portland.
An independent, strong and determined woman, she lived life on her own terms.
She loved family gatherings in Pownal and visiting the old neighborhoods on Munjoy Hill.
Surviving are her three daughters, Donnamarie Libby and her husband Billy Jr., of Buxton, Debra Adams of Standish and Michelle (Paquette) Orne of Portland; her sister, Donna Kane McCusker; her niece, Christina Swasey; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and extended family, the Libbys of Buxton, the Melchers of Pownal and the LaPierres of Limerick.
The family offers a heartfelt thank you to those who loved and cared for her at the Barron Center; to Northeast Ambulance Service for making her final request a dream come true; to SolAmor Hospice, a special group of women who made her life easier; and to Allison and Wilbur.
At her request, there will be no formal funeral service.
Memorial donations for the placement of a memorial bench on the Eastern Prom may be mailed to Judith Ann Ryder Bench Memorial Fund, c/o Independent Death Care of Maine, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland, ME, 04102.
Arrangements are by Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland.