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Ann Ryder Nick
May 13, 1932 ~ November 26, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
Our beloved “Granny,” Ann Ryder Nick, died peacefully in her sleep on November 26, 2023. Ann was born on May 13, 1932 in Alexandria, Louisiana, the only child of Luther and Ruby Ryder. She graduated from Bolton High School and afterward, Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. While at SLI, Ann met the love of her life, the late Christian Joseph Nick. They married in 1954 and began a 66-year adventure that produced four daughters and a wealth of treasured memories. Ann and Chris made their first home in New Iberia and lived there until they moved to Metairie in 1960, where they would remain for the rest of their lives. Ann commenced a teaching career in the Jefferson Parish school system that would last the next 24 years. She taught mathematics at Kenner and Metairie Junior Highs until 1967, when she accepted her last teaching position at the newly opened John Quincy Adams Middle School, where she would teach math for 17 years. Ann cherished her time at Adams and was a well-regarded teacher to two decades of students. After retiring from teaching, Ann began her second career as a grandmother, eventually setting up a nursery at her home, which at various times included five of her grandchildren. To say that she was a grandmother, while accurate, would understate the commitment, love and investment she made in her New Orleans and Pennsylvania grandkids. Ann loved and valued family above all else, and made every holiday, birthday, dance recital, swim meet, soccer game, school play, and Mardi Gras parade special simply because of her presence. As a teacher, she had high expectations for the grandchildren and the fact that all of them became college graduates is due in no small part to her interest and example. Ann is survived by her four daughters: Gail Wise (Jon), Allison Cook (Henry), Frances Rush (Harmon) and Nancy Askinas (Alan); nine grandchildren: Christopher Cook (Britta), Rebecca Cook-Shyovitz (Nathaniel), Jessica Wise Clark (Samuel), Stewart Rush (Jordan), Samuel Askinas, Andrew Wise, Benjamin Askinas, Ali Askinas, and Carly Askinas; and four great-grandchildren: Louisa Cook, Liev Shyovitz, Dahlia Shyovitz and James Clark. She was preceded in death by her husband, Christian Nick, and her grandson, Ethan Wise. The family would like to express its gratitude to Ann’s caregiver and friend, Felicia Macon, who provided loving support during the last years of her life. A funeral service will be held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Road in Metairie at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 2, 2023. Friends are invited to visit from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive in Metairie. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, where she worshiped, in thanksgiving for the years of weddings, baptisms, pre-school and fellowship celebrated there. Online condolences may be offered at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com.