1944 - January 15, 2010
Mary J. Ryan, a longtime Hamilton resident, died Jan. 15, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction following a lengthy illness. She was 65.
Mary was born May 4, 1944, in Hamilton, the daughter of Raymond and Ethal (Frost) Jordan. She was raised in Hamilton, attended local schools and graduated from Moffat County High School.
Mary moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for a year for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the fingerprint division. She returned to Craig, and on Sept. 1, 1967, she married Roy Ryan. They lived in Casper, Wyo., for many years. Roy died in 1975. Mary returned to Hamilton in the early 1980s and went to work for the Bureau of Land Management in Craig and worked as a visitor information specialist.
Mary enjoyed hunting, horseback riding, barrel racing and deep sea fishing. She was a member of the Cowbelles, was on the Hamilton Community Center Board and took her mother’s place reporting the local weather for the National Weather Service.
Mary is survived by her sisters, Margaret “Peggy” Bailey, of Craig, and Donna Rae (Tim) McAnnany, of Rockfield, Ky.; brother Larry (Linda) Jordan, of Dillon, Mont.; nieces Kathy (Richard) Oberwitte, of Craig, Laurinda (Jade) Stokke, of Manhattan Mont., and Edwina Jordan, of Helena, Mont.; nephews Bruce Jordan, of Bozeman, Mont., and Eric (Nicole) McAnnany, of Bowling Green, Ky.; great nieces and nephews Jordan Bailey, of San Diego, Calif., Wyatt Oberwitte, of Craig, Ashlie Stokke, of Billings, Mont., Teron Stokke, of Bozeman, Mont., Trevor Atcheson, of Butte, Mont., Trinda Atcheson, of Butte, Mont., and Liam Ferriter, of Helena, Mont.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Ethal Jordan, and nephew Michael Bailey.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was Jan. 21, 2010, at The Grant Mortuary Chapel in Craig with Karen Gibson officiating.
Wanda Brown and Ray Cartwright sang “How Great Thou Art,” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Honorary Pallbearers were Jordan Bailey, Bill Jordan, Greg Jaensch, Chuck Rakestraw, Jim Snodgrass, Wyatt and Richard Oberwitte and John Wellman. Memorial donations may be made to the Rose Hill Hospitality House, P.O. Box 1628, Grand Junction, CO 81502.