2018-05-26 / Obituaries

Ellen Crowley Ryan

Ellen Crowley Ryan, 86, died Saturday, May 19, 2018 at her home.  She was born in Boston, Massachusetts to the late Jeremiah Crowley and Margaret O’Donnell Crowley.  Mrs. Ryan was a Christian and attended Allensville United Methodist Church.  She was a wonderful, graceful mother, wife, and grandmother.  She enjoyed art, classical music, history, and time with her family.  Mrs. Ryan was the “adopted grandmother” for many children and enjoyed many tea parties!  She always had a positive outlook and a witty sense of humor.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Joan Fleming, Fran Kovera, Peggy Knox, and John Crowley; and daughter, Teresa Ryan Tuttle.

Surviving are her husband, Harold Ryan, of the home; children, Mark Ryan (Gladys Garcia), Maureen Allen (Richard Allen), and Dr. Sheila Ryan (Lelia Gentry); sister, Rosemary Dowling, grandchildren, Kristen Mavraganis (Andrew) and Caitlin Allen Aydelott (Blaine); great-grandchildren, Derek Aydelott, Gavin Aydelott, Dean Mavraganis, and Finley Mavraganis; nieces and nephews, Rosemary McCarthy, Margaret Searles, John Dowling, Ralph Dowling, Kathi Todesco, Dianne Knox, Ruth Knox, Karen Boen, Michael Fleming, John Fleming, and Michelle Quill.

A memorial service was held 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Allensville United Methodist Church with the Pastor Lindsey Collins officiating. Dinner and refreshments to follow in the fellowship hall.

A celebration of her life will also take place June in Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Duke Community Hospice Services, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.

Condolences may be sent at www.brooksandwhite.com.

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