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North Salem Loses Remarkable Old Timer

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Geographically, the Ryder Farm on Starr Ridge Road falls within the boundaries of Brewster, but North Salem residents are inclined to think of it as their own.

Therefore, the passing of Belle Ryder is a poignant moment within the town. Together with her husband Philip and his extended family, she helped to run the Ryder Farm for years and became known throughout the area for her fruit jams, sold as "Cousin Belle's Jams."

Mrs. Ryder was one of 13 children in the South Carolina Quinn family. Her mother died when she was seven, so she was raised by her older brothers and sisters. Soon she was pitching in to help raise her two younger sisters.

Like most of her generation, she endured the hardships of the Great Depression and the stresses of World War II.

Belle Ryder was predeceased by her husband and her son, William. She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Farrell of Camarillo, Calif., and a son, Alan Ryder of North Salem. She is also survived by a sister, Eunice Kash of Kings Park, N.Y., seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration of Belle's Life at the Ryder Farm, 402 Starr Ridge Road, on Friday from noon until 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to SPACE on Ryder Farm 402 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster, NY 10509.

Mrs. Belle Ryder was 100 years old.

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