BETTY ANN RYAN
After a lengthy illness, Betty Ann Salisbury Ryan crossed over to her Heavenly home on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the age of 90. She resided at Medicalodge, Independence, Kansas.
Betty was born February 28, 1924 to Glen Gladolius Salisbury and Ruth Alberta Thompson Salisbury at her paternal grandparents home on North Penn Avenue in Independence, Kansas. She was a 1942 graduate of Independence High School. On March 3, 1944, she was united in marriage to Patrick Louis Ryan at Parsons, Kansas.
Betty was involved in the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary and was honored at a banquet for contributing 10,000 volunteer hours. She created many beautiful crafts for the annual hospital bazaar and was known for the hundreds of stocking caps she made for Mercys newborns. Always wanting to help others, Betty donated 11 gallons of blood. She was active as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and Girl Scout Cookie time found her dining room stacked high with cases of cookies waiting to be sold. A member of First Christian Church since 1958, Betty was active in CWF and a member of the quilters group. In the later years of her working career, Betty served as a teacher for Independence Middle School, tutoring many students in the SAC program.
Betty is survived by her daughters Sandee Stover of Olathe, KS Debbie RyanHardy of Independence, KS Pamela Mayfield of Tyler, TX and Mona Ryan of Tyler, TX one brother, Glen Tom Salisbury of Caney, KS. Additional survivors include five grandsons Ryan Hardy, Ethan Stover, Matthew Hardy, Christopher Hardy, Max Mayfield, and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents her husband, Pat Ryan three brothers: Warren Bud Salisbury, Donald Salisbury, John Richard Dick Salisbury, and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:008:00pm at Webb Rodrick Funeral Home. Funeral service is set for Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:30am at First Christian Church, 319 W Laurel, Independence. Her grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers with inurnment at Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence, following the service.
In keeping with Bettys lifelong dedication to helping others, memorials in her honor may be made to Open Arms Diner, a ministry of First Christian Church. Donations will be received at First Christian Church or Webb Rodrick Funeral Home.