Obituary of Patricia Ryder
Thîkâ taô wîya (Bluebird Woman)
July 15, 1946 -Morley, Alberta
September 12, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta
Patricia (Patsy) Ryder was called home by our Creator on Monday, September 12, 2022, at the age of 76 years.
Thîkâ taô wîya was born on July 15, 1946, at Banff Indian Days. She was one of a handful of Elders that were born in a teepee. Patricia was born into the Labelle Clan on her maternal side, and the Ryder Clan on her paternal side.
Patricia attended Residential School from the age of six years old until sixteen. She was a survivor. Following some time, she started to work as a cook at the Morley School, then for numerous years with her skills, talents, and crafts, she worked at the former Chief Chiniki Handicraft Shop. While working as a cook for the Meals on Wheels program, Patsy found her passion for cooking traditional foods and was promoted to traditional caregiver, and then manager, she held that position for a number of years. For the past eight years, her final calling was as a member of the Chiniki Elders Advisory Council.
Patricia was a prominent member of the Chiniki First Nation from Mînî Thnî Stoney Nakoda Nation. She worked as a Chiniki Elder Advisor. She was actively involved in community events and gatherings as a respected Elder. Not only was she outspoken in her points of view, but she was also compassionate. Many young men and women called her Mom, Mîchun, or Kokum. Patsy would take time to listen, guide, and give profound advice. She was able to make a person(s) hopeful and reminded them, they are not alone.
Patricia cherished her four grandchildren and dedicated her life to raising them and teaching them traditional ways and values. She had a great sense of humour, she always made people laugh and always welcomed everyone into her home, she was a mother to everyone. Patsy was a pillar in the community, making crafts, cooking, sewing and was a very talented bead worker. She easily made friends with everyone she met.
Her motto was “With God, All Things Are Possible”, which she truly believed.
Patricia is survived by her children, Ronita Wildman, Ronald Wildman, Ronell Wildman, Ronine Ryder (Travis), and Keegan Ryder (Halle); special grandchildren, Derrell Ryder, Corde Wildman, Siah Wildman, Readawn Ryder, Mahrpiya (Poobly) Ryder, Creesean Ryder, Travissa Ryder, Atarah Thundervoice, Jasper Ryder, Anaya Ryder, Sadie Ryder, Hazel Ryder, Creelynn Ryder, Zachara Ryder, Sonny Wildman, Tyrell (Danielle) Wildman, Travina (George) Wesley, Kara Benjamin, Kashaye Twoyoungmen, Nora Twoyoungmen, Dillon (Candace) Wildman, and Michelle Goodstoney; and all of her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. We apologize if we have missed anyone.
Patricia was predeceased by her parents, Clara Labelle and Dillon Ryder; grandparents, Eli Ryder, Sarah Dixon, Tom Labelle, and Leah LaGrelle; children, twins Averell and Avenell Wildman, Twylla Wildman, Sean Wildman, and Travin Wildman; special granddaughter Shaney Ryder, siblings, Mervin Ryder, Violet Ryder, Irene Ryder, and Evelyn Labelle; special companion Ronnie Rowan, and her precious grandchildren that were taken too soon.
Wake Services will be held at the residence of Patricia Ryder (Morley, AB) on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at Morley Gymnasium (Morley, AB) on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Chiniki Cemetery (Morley, AB). Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.
In living memory of Patricia Ryder, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Cochrane, 369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.