Barbara Reif Ryder went home to the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Born on Feb. 2, 1949, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to parents Alfred Charles Reif and Anne Campbell Reif, Barbara came to Maine around 2015.

Having moved from Binghamton, N.Y., where she was a hospice nurse, Barbara was a prayerful Third Order Franciscan and had a great devotion the Blessed Mother. Nursing was a deep part of her and she was a great support to her friends wherever she was.

In late 2018 she moved to the Deborah Lincoln House in Belfast where she spent many happy months, enjoying the good food, friendships and many activities there, from doing puzzles or crocheting, to companionably watching endless episodes of "Murder She Wrote" and "Downton Abbey."

She will miss her Deborah Lincoln House family, and will be missed dearly by them.

A funeral mass will be celebrated for Barbara on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court St., Belfast.