Priscilla H. "Pris" Rider

May 31, 1943 ~ May 12, 2024

Priscilla Mae Hargroder “Pris” Rider, a woman of unwavering faith and boundless love, passed away on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2024, at her home in Lake Charles. She was born on May 31, 1943, to Joseph and Femie Vidrine Hargroder in Basile, Louisiana.

Pris shared 62 years of marriage with her beloved husband, James J. Rider. Together, they lovingly raised six children whom she cherished and spoke of with immense pride. Pris had a nurturing spirit, always ready to provide both spiritual and physical nourishment to those around her. Her home was a place where no one left hungry, whether for food or for love.

In her youth, Pris had a calling to be a nun, but James’s love for her was so strong that she chose a different path, becoming a member of the 3rd Order of Carmelites. Her faith was a guiding light in her life, and she shared that light with everyone she met, embracing them as part of her extended family.

Pris is survived by her loving husband, James J. Rider; her children, Kayla LeJeune (John), Neal Rider (Janet), Cassandra Tokars (Thomas), Tonya Langlinais (J.D.), Blane Rider (Melise), and Shane Rider (Claire); 12 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Patrick Nicholas Rider.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, with Father Keith Pellerin serving as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home, 4321 Lake Street, on the evening of Wednesday, May 15, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with a rosary being recited at 6:00 PM. Visitation will resume on Thursday morning at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church at 11:30 AM until the start of the funeral mass at 1:30 PM.
Due to her love for LSU, Purple & Gold dress is encouraged for the visitation… GEAUX TIGERS!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Therese Little Flower Lay Carmelite Community #1916, 1404 W. Dumbarton Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70605, a cause that was dear to Pris’s heart.


Visitation: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Thursday, May 16, 2024
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
5495 Elliott Road.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, May 16, 2024
1:30 pm

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
5495 Elliott Road.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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  1. We will miss our Wednesday Prime friend. I’m so glad we got to know Pris. Prayers are with your family.
    Larry & Charlotte Rewerts

  2. Jim, I am so sorry to hear about Pris’ passing; may she Rest in Peace. May her loving memory always be with you and the family and give you peace.

  3. Candle 1John and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Pris. We always looked forward to visiting with Pris & Jim at Prime on Wednesdays. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim and the entire Rider family. May you find peace and comfort in the many wonderful memories of Pris.

  4. Candle 1Sending my love to the Rider family. Aunt Pris was always one of my favorite aunts. She was so beautiful, and sweet with a loving heart and great hugs. You will missed. Love you Aunt Pris.

  5. Kayla and family- Sorry for this loss of your dear mother. Such a lovely person, with whom we were fortunate to enjoy quality time, while cruising with Pris and Jim. Prayers for the Rider family.

  6. Candle 5I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Pris. Love to all the Ryder family. I know her spirit will live on through the love of her extensive family.

  7. Candle 1Kayla and all the Rider family,
    My heart hurts for you. She was such a bright, sweet light. I still remember how your mom and dad were always hugging and kissing when we were teenagers! Such a grand love! May she rest in peace.
    Love and hugs to all,

  8. Candle 4Kayla,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a wonderful lady who loved her family and loved us all. I pray for your comfort and peace. So happy she did not suffer in her passing. I remember fondly the stories of how she & your dad doubledated with my parents back in their HS days. She will be missed. Debbie and I send our love to you and all your sweet family. ❤️

  9. To All of the Rider family I pray for Mrs Rider and To All who she touched so dearly with her Love And Godly Spirit. May The Lord comfort each of you with the treasured memories of her that will always be present. God Bless Each of You .

  10. Jim and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    With love,
    David and Carol

  11. To the Rider Family, My Thoughts and Prayers are with you. and I Miss you all!!! May Pris Rider Rest in Peace.
    With Love and Prayers,

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