Marilyn Ruth Ryan


Posted: Monday, February 03, 2003

Former Juneau resident Marilyn Ruth (Vincent) Ryan died Jan. 31, 2003, in Longview, Wash., after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Seward on March 27, 1935, to Leon and Ruth Vincent. She grew up in the Cook Inlet area, Woody Island, Eklutna, Barrow, Kotzebue and Fairbanks. Her most formative childhood years were spent in the Arctic where her parents taught for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, her family wrote.

She earned bachelor's degrees from Seattle Pacific College and the University of Washington in 1957 and began a career as a registered nurse. She married Ted Ryan in 1957 and moved to Juneau in August of 1959. They raised five children in Juneau, and helped to raise her brother and sister-in-law Dave and Chris Vincent's children after the couple died. The Ryans also worked for Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka from 1971 to 1975, where Marilyn served as campus nurse.

Marilyn was an active member of the Chapel by the Lake for more than 35 years. She enjoyed family activities, knitting, picking berries, Bible study groups, her weekly sewing group and walks on the beach. Marilyn and Ted moved to Gustavus in 1997 and lived there very briefly until they moved to Longview, Wash., in July of 2000 when hemodialysis facilities were not available in Juneau.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Vincent; father, Leon Vincent; brother, Dave Vincent; nephew David Vincent; and niece Jean Haynes.

She is survived by her husband, Ted Ryan, of Longview, Wash.; brother Michael (Kim) Vincent of Seattle and their children Kate, Sarah and Shannon; sons Jim (Laura) Ryan of Juneau and their children Katy, Kelly and Jackie, Timothy (Carolee) Ryan of Juneau and their children Kristina, Tom, Becca McRae, Jessica Ryan, and Robert Ryan and Jim Harper of Portland, Ore.; daughters Laurie Ryan of Juneau and Ruth Ryan of Haines; nephew Stuart Vincent of Craig, nieces Ruth Vincent, Kathy Thomas, Freddy Cummins, and Chrissy VanSickle, all of Juneau, Norma Wivoda of Fairbanks, and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Condolences can be sent to Ted Ryan, 1034 9th Ave., Longview, Wash., 98632. Contributions can be made in Marilyn's name to the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation, Dialysis Fund, 3260 Hospital Drive, Juneau, AK 99801.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Chapel by the Lake.

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