Nancy Elizabeth (Sheils) Ryder


Nancy Elizabeth (Sheils) Ryder, 73, of Cranston, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Alan H. Ryder of Cranston; they were married for 47 years.

She was born on October 9, 1945 in Providence and was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Dorothy Sheils. Nancy was an avid member of her church communities at both St. Matthew and St. Mark. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially to Aruba. She also was a big fan of the New England Patriots. Nancy graduated from Cranston High School (now Cranston High School East) in 1963.

Nancy is survived by sons Kevin and his wife Jennifer of Pawtucket, Sean of Cranston, and daughter Jennifer of Utila, Honduras. Nancy was the sister of Kathleen Kelley of Smithfield, Joan Goddard of Warwick, Mary Conte of Smithfield, and Laura Lizotte and husband Brian Lizotte of Glocester. She was the sister of the late Edward Sheils, formerly of Colorado.

Nancy's funeral was held on Saturday, Oct. 12 from The Butterfield Chapel, 500 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mark Church Cranston. Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 11.

The family asks for donations to be made to the American Red Cross in Nancy’s name. Online condolences may be shared at


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