Blue Ridge Funeral & Cremation Service       7626 Highway 213      Mars Hill, NC 28754     Phone: (828) 680-0287      Fax: (828) 680-9965      Email: brfs@blueridgefuneralservice.org

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Kay Ryan

Friday, February 23rd, 1934 - Saturday, November 16th, 2019
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Obituary

Wolf Laurel - Kay Ryan, 85, passed away on November 16, 2019. A native of Pittsford, NY, she resided in Wolf Laurel for the past 25 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Leo William Ryan. Surviving are their nine children, William Ryan (Mary Lynn), Julie Hartland-Swann (Julian), Timothy Ryan (Patricia), Bridget Visk (John), James Ryan (Mary Adele), Duffy Ryan (Mary Kay), Mary Stec (Christopher), Nora Hall (Jimmie), and Michael Ryan as well as sixteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Kay earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Health Education. She worked as a school nurse for twenty years. After retiring, Kay and her husband Bill moved full-time to the mountains of North Carolina. Here she taught CPR and enjoyed hiking, running and the natural beauty surrounding her.

A wake will be held at Blue Ridge Funeral Service, Mars Hill, on Thursday, November 21 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church on Friday, November 22 at noon. A private burial will follow at the WNC Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MemoryCare in Asheville, NC or St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Mars Hill.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Blue Ridge Funeral Service
    Address
    7626 Highway 213
    Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754
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  • Service

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
    Address
    149 Brook Street
    Mars Hil, NC 28754
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  • Interment

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
    Address
    962 Old Us Hwy 70 W,
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Jim Voris

Posted at 11:36am
Jim Voris
Kay was one of the "heart and soul" people of School District 220 and certainly of Barrington Middle School - Station Campus.
Very competent. Most upbeat. Caring to all. Grounded in every way. I will miss just knowing that she out there in her beloved mountains, but I will get used to the thought of her being, at long last, home.
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Judy Meyer

Posted at 09:22pm
We have lost a beautiful soul, but Kay is with her Savior. She was a fun, caring, delightful, and joyful person. She was the most caring nurse in our school in Barrington Il. SHE had many friends, nine children, and helped anyone in need. Love and sympathy to her family. Judy Meyer
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Posted at 02:15pm
Dear Bill and Mary Lynn: We are so very sorry for your loss - you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love,
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The Donoghue Family

Posted at 11:46am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Denise, Brandon, Frank, and Liz

Posted at 10:46am
Duffy & Family - Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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