1849–1922

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 9, 1849, New Ha­ven, Ver­mont.

Died: March 16, 1922, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Buried: Oak­woods Ce­me­te­ry, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Biography

Lucy was the daugh­ter of Ri­chard Dun­ning Rid­er and Cla­ra Jane Child, and wife of Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal min­is­ter Jo­si­ah Shel­ly Mey­er.

She taught high school in Bran­don, Ver­mont, and in a school for freed­men at Greens­bo­ro, North Ca­ro­li­na. She then be­came prin­ci­pal of the Troy (Me­thod­ist) Con­fer­ence Acad­e­my in Poul­tney, Ver­mont, and a chem­istry pro­fes­sor at McKen­dree Col­lege, Le­ba­non, Il­li­nois.

She and her hus­band op­ened the Chi­ca­go Train­ing School for Ci­ty, Home and For­eign Mis­sions, where she was prin­ci­pal (1885–1917). This school was one of the pro­gen­i­tors of the Gar­rett-Ev­an­ge­li­cal The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry.

In 1886, she found­ed the Mes­sage per­i­od­i­cal (lat­er re­named the Dea­con­ess Ad­vo­cate), ed­it­ing it un­til 1914. In 1908, she formed the Me­thod­ist Dea­con­ess As­so­ci­a­tion.

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