Jean M. Riordon, 86, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Baltimore County, Md., passed away in the care of Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born Nov. 5, 1933, to the late Harold James and Helen Albright Pinder in Bucyrus, Ohio.

Riordon graduated from Martinsburg High School and attended Shepherd University in West Virginia, where she met and married her husband, Ray, in 1955. They had four children.

Riordon taught elementary education, served as an assistant director at the YWCA, and owned and operated Fantasy Flowers. She specialized in silk flower arrangements for weddings. Riordon was noted for her support of the Towson University swim team, and along with her husband, produced incredible amounts of lasagna for students. She loved and was always ready for a party and didn’t want them to end.

She was caring, loving and supportive. Riordon also sponsored exchange students, helping people to find what they needed. Her faith came alive and was refreshed as she joined Mays Chapel United Methodist Church in the 1980s.

Riordon is survived by her husband, Robert Raymond Riordon; her children, Dennis James Riordon and his wife, Nancy Sweeney, of West Ocean City, Md., Michael Joseph Riordon and his wife, Lorelei, of Clearwater, Fla., John Garrison Riordon and his wife, Theresa, of Georgetown, Del., and Cynthia Lee Riordon of Millsboro; her brother, Jim Pinder of North Canton, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and many extended family members and friends.

A memorial service and celebration of Riordon’s life were to be held Feb. 29, 2020, at Mays Chapel U.M. Church, Lutherville-Timonium, Md., officiated by the Rev. Laurie Tingley. Interment was to follow, in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, also in Timonium. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Shepherd University Financial Aid Office; (memo: In Memory of Jean Pinder Riordon); P.O. Box 5000; Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Condolences may be sent online at