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Gayla Sue "Tiger" Rider, 53, of Perry, Okla., formerly of Baxter Springs, Kan., passed from this life suddenly on Monday, March 13, 2017, at her home.
Gayla was born on November 9, 1964, in Baxter Springs to the union of Paul Edward and Imogene (Bunce) Rose. She graduated from Baxter Springs High School.
Gayla worked as a warehouse supervisor for Distribution Now for the last five years. Gayla was a member of Life Church in Stillwater, Okla. She loved telling jokes and putting smiles on everyone's faces. She was very kind hearted, and always put everyone else first. She enjoyed playing bingo and going to the casinos.
Gayla is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, DeDe Pierce; one son, Eric Dane Rider.
Gayla is survived by two daughters, Tasha Huitger and husband, Eric, of Charlotte, N.C., and Shelby Minnick, of Perry; three sisters, Pam Danley and husband, Russell of Baxter Springs, Jana Luper and husband, Jason, of Ridgeway, Mo., and Missy McAuliff of Palatka, Fla.; along with many nieces and nephews; grand puppy, Pepper Huitger.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel. Pastor Mark Kerr will officiate. Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday. Following the services, Gayla has been entrusted to Derfelt's Baxter Chapel for cremation.
Published on March 17, 2017
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