Bass Rider, Margaret Elizabeth (Markle) (December 4, 1916 - February 3, 1986)

Margaret (Betty) Rider Bass

Douglas Budget - February 6, 1986

Funeral services for Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Markle Rider Bass were held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Douglas Wednesday morning. The Reverend Bob Swinea officiated. Burial was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Bass died on Feb. 3 at the Converse County Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was 69.

Margaret Elizabeth Markle was born on Dec. 4, 1916 in Greeley, Colo. to Minnie May Rigney and Robert T. Markle.

The family moved from Greeley to Harlowton, Mont. in the early 1920's where Mr. Markle assumed managership of the local telephone company. Later the family transferred to Miles City, Mont., and then to Billings where Mr. Markle was associated with the Montana Power Company.

Mrs. Markle died in Billings in 1926 and Mr. Markle died in San Luis Obispo, Cal. in 1973.

After a short time in Hardin, Mont., the family moved to Casper in 1932 and Mrs. Bass was graduated from Natrona County High School in 1934. She was employed at Ayres Jewelry in Casper for 10 years prior to her marriage in 1945 to Keith S. Rider. In 1946 the Riders went to Lingle, Wyo. and assumed ownership of the weekly newspaper, The Lingle Guide Review, when Rider's mother Floy Shumway Tonkin, moved to Jackson and later founded the Jackson Hole Guide.

In 1948 the Riders moved to El Paso, Texas, where he was associated with a real estate development company for a year prior to coming back to Wyoming in 1949, when they purchased the Douglas Budget.

Following the death of Mr. Rider in 1959, Mrs. Rider took over management of the weekly newspaper and printing plant as owner, editor and publisher.

In November 1961, Mrs. Rider purchased the Douglas Enterprise, a 54-year-old newspaper and printing plant and consolidated it with the BUDGET. The BUDGET was moved from its original location on South Third Street to the Enterprise location across the street in the Jenne Building. The paper continued its operation in that location until the fall of 1972 when the business was moved to its present location at 310 Center. In the spring of 1973, the BUDGET was sold to her son, John and wife, the former Paula Carmin.

She was united in marriage with Marion Albert (Sam) Bass in 1963 who assisted her in publishing the BUDGET prior to his association with the Jackalope Gun Shop in 1972.

During her years as editor and publisher of the BUDGET, she was actively interested in community affairs, presenting editorially controversial issues concerning the support and growth of Douglas, as well as political issues. Mrs. Bass was instrumental in opening the records and meetings of local governmental agencies to the public.

She served on the Douglas Town Council, the Douglas school board; was vice-president of the Douglas Chamber of Commerce; was a member of the Douglas Sorority; Woodbine Chapter No. 18 OES, Christ Episcopal Church, American Legion Auxiliary, WOTM, the Douglas Community Club and was a lifetime member of the Wyoming Press Association, and the Wyo. Pioneer Association.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, John M. Rider of Douglas and Gregory A. Rider of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister Roberta Wolfsen of Douglas three grandchildren, Nichole, Jennifer and Michael of Rider of Douglas; two nieces, Roberta Burden of Douglas and Dr. Robin E. Rider of Berkeley, Cal.; seven nephews, Robert, Blake, Hayesville, N.C.; Lt. Colonel Rick Rider of Sacramento, Cal.; Allen and Neal Erickson, Mike, Vince and Lance Kirol; and numerous grandnieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Willox, Robert Burden, William Gray, Leonard Sherwin, Jack Dilts, Patrick Patton and Fred Dilts III. Honorary pallbearers were Ben LeVasseur, Lawrence Larson, William Zalabak, Dr. William Hinrichs, Mike Perrotti, Jim Powell and the Grand Slam Bridge Club.

A memorial has been established to the Christ Episcopal Church Altar Guild, 4th and Center Streets, Douglas, Wyoming 82633.

Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


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