Graveside service for Betty Jean Ryan, 88, Lawrence will be held 10 am Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Memorial Park Cemetery. She died May 21, 2012 at The Windsor of Lawrence.
Betty was born on November 30, 1923 in Osage County, KS the daughter of William Earl and Bertha Leora (Drummond) Gordon.
Betty was a homemaker. She enjoyed bingo and playing cards at the clubhouse at Pinecrest Apartments in Eudora. Betty was a member of the Golden Agers.
She married Rolland E. Ryan on October 31, 1941 in Olathe, KS. He preceded her in death on July 29, 1993.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Earnheart, Linneus, MO, Virginia Freeman (David), Tecumseh, KS, Patricia Lee (Rolland), Bend, Oregon; two sons, Russell W. Ryan (Margaret), Goodridge, Minnesota, Randy Ryan (Jeanne), Linneus, MO; 15 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Leon E. Gordon, Warren S. Gordon and sister, Evelyn Elston.
The family will greet friends from 6-8 pm Friday, May 25, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Grace Hospice of Lawrence and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Although I do not know Mrs. Ryan, I do know the pain of losing a loved one, and at times like this we all look for comfort and hope. Note please the words of comfort spoken by our Lord Jesus to Martha, who just lost her brother, in John 11:23-25, “Your brother will rise, I am the resurrection and the life, he that exercises faith in me even though he dies will come to life.”
Barb and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet your mother and visit with her a little over the years.