Clare Elizabeth Rider passed away of heart failure on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, on her way to the hospital. We believe she held on until her mother lifted her out of her seat, then passed in her mother’s arms. She was just short of her fifth birthday – born June 12, 2017 to Stephen and Meghan Rider.
Since shortly after birth, Clare was severely limited in her movement and expression; but she strived for everything she could get. She regularly surprised people with her strength, and relished every opportunity to take a few assisted steps, or play with her toys (mostly involving knocking them down, which she found hilarious.) Her favorite toy was a helium balloon, because she could play with it entirely on her own – pulling the string to make it bounce and dance. Though she could not talk, she still found ways to express her mischievous sense of humor.
She positively adored her big sister Evy and little brother Stephen (“Bub”), who loved her back. Her beautiful smile was always there for anyone who came to play with her or talk to her. Her laugh was infectious. While she wasn’t a fan of crowds, she liked to go for walks in her stroller, or play on the grass in her back yard.
She looked forward to going to school, where she had a number of friends. She loved her teachers and myriad aides at Miner School, who worked faithfully to enable her to communicate and interact with the world.
Clare leaves behind her parents; her big sister Evelyn and little brother Stephen; her grandparents Harold and Susan (Sehnert) Rider, and Joseph and Mary Beth (O’Brien) Kiefer; her great-grandmother Margaret O’Brien; a slew of aunts and uncles; and a plethora of cousins.
There will be a visitation from 4-8p.m. on Wednesday, June 8th at Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 149 W Main Street., Barrington. Visitation will continue the following day, Thursday, June 9, from 10am till time of memorial service at 11am at the funeral home. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Clare's name can be made to Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization, 799 W. Kensington Rd., Mount Prospect, IL 60056, https://www.nsseo.org/nsseo-foundation/memorial-and-honor-giving/.