(October 12, 1946 – August 3, 2015)
On August 3, 2015, Santa Cruz County lost a precious daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Carolyn Marie Ryder (previous married name: Neathery) passed away with her family by her side. Carolyn was the sixth generation born in Santa Cruz County and attended Santa Cruz High School, Fremont High School and Foothill College. Carolyn spent many years employed at the Santa Cruz Medical Clinic in Scotts Valley as an X-ray Technician and Medical Assistant.
Carolyn enjoyed all types of music and dance. The smile on her face when she was dancing would warm your soul. Carolyn also really enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. She was known for always looking her best with matching jewelry every time she left the house.
Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. Her grandkids gave her much happiness. Some of her favorite things throughout her life were becoming a mother and grandmother, gardening, swimming, camping, visiting Hawaii and living in Boulder Creek. Carolyn is survived by her father, William Ryder; her brother, Robert Ryder; her daughters, Denise Neathery Rinnert and Jennifer Neathery Thomas; her sons-in-law, Christopher Rinnert and Ryan Thomas; and her granddaughters, Amanda Rinnert, Natalee Thomas and Shelly Thomas. Carolyn was preceded in death by her loving mother, Elizabeth Decoto Neaves. Carolyn and her smile will live in our hearts forever and will be greatly missed.