Norma Elaine Ryan

31 August , 193322 January , 2019

We are broken hearted to share the news of the passing of our dear mom, Norma Ryan, on January 22, 2019 after a sudden illness. Mom was born on August 31st, 1933 and was raised in Springhill, Nova Scotia. After high school, she trained as a registered nurse at the Moncton Hospital School of Nursing, graduating at the top of her class in 1954. Mom continued her career as a RN until she retired in 1980 as a Nursing Supervisor at Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax. Mom also went on to attend MSVU where she studied gerontology. Mom excelled in academics and encouraged her daughters and grandchildren to pursue higher education.

Mom married our dad, Gerry Ryan, in 1956. Dad's job required them to live in many New Brunswick communities before finally settling in Dartmouth in 1969. More than anything, she loved all of her family and cherished times spent with them on the compound in Pugwash. There she enjoyed planting flowers, watching her garden grow, as well as long walks on the sandbars.

Mom was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and an active member of the Atlantic Mission Society serving as a Past President. She loved her crafts and sewing and used those skills to create unique gifts for friends and family. During the quiet moments you would often see Mom curled up reading a great book. She loved baking, cooking, playing cards with her club, her many friends including those at Horizon Court, as well as tackling the daily crosswords and puzzles. Mom was passionate about watching her grandkids play hockey, basketball, golf, and volleyball.

Mom was incredibly proud of her family and is survived by her loving daughters, Jocelyn Ryan-Wiggin (David), Dartmouth; Valerie Ryan (Clary MacPherson), New Glasgow; Andrea Ryan-Dow (Mike), Fall River. She was “Nana” to six grandchildren: Dr. Emily Wiggin (Jeff MacDonald), Patrick, Hilary, Keith, Luke, and Jordie. She was “GG” to her adorable great granddaughters, Kate and Avery; and not to be “fur”gotten the family pets: Rosie, Lily, and Yolo. She is survived by her brother Dr. Howard Harris, wife, Carol, and their seven children and families in Florida, niece, Dorothy Vaughan (Rick), and nephews, Jim Appleton (Heather), and Jeff Appleton (Shelley) and their families.

Mom was predeceased by her loving husband Gerry in 2012, her parents Dr. Aubrey and Edris Harris, her dearest sister Olive Appleton, and her brother-in-law, Art Appleton.

Please join us in celebrating Mom's life on Monday, January 28th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Dartmouth, Rev. Dr. P A (Sandy) McDonald officiating. Donations may be made in Mom 's memory to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.


  • St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
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  • Memorial Service Monday, 28 January , 2019

Norma Elaine Ryan

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Carol Fraser

31 January 2019

Val, I just heard from Sherry about you mom's passing. I know that heartbreak and want to express our condolences. You need to treasure all those great memories that are etched on your heart. She will never be far from you or your thoughts.
Take care
Carol and Max

Katherine & Jerry Hannah

29 January 2019

Jocelyn, Valerie and Andrea, we were so sorry to hear about Norma. Whenever we met her in Pugwash we would return to our cottage and tell everyone that your mom still had not aged a bit like the rest of us had.
You were very much in our hearts and thoughts yesterday and send you our deepest sympathy,
Kaye & Jerry Hannah

Ann-Renée Nowlan

28 January 2019

Valerie and family,
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Sending you my heartfelt sympathy.
Best regards

Kim van Dyk

28 January 2019

To Valorie and Family,

Heartfelt Sympathy to you and your family in this time of loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Kim, Peter van Dyk and Family

Ann Campbell

27 January 2019

Jocelyn, Valerie and Andrea
Saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. We will miss her as part of our church family.
Unfortunately we will be unable to attend the service on Monday as we are out of the country.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
David and Ann Campbell

Richard Smith

27 January 2019

Valorie, Jocelyn, and Andrea,
Our condolences on the passing of your mother. She was an inspiration.
Nancy and Richard

Pam Swift Frauley

27 January 2019

Dear Jocelyn, Val, and Andrea.
I am very sorry to learn the sad news about your mother. She was so sweet, and she always had a kind word for me and a big smile whenever I saw her. I will not be able to pay my respects in person, but please know that my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. My condolences to you and your families.

Leanne & Greg MacKeen

26 January 2019

Dear Andrea, Jocelyn, Valerie and families,
Sending our sincerest condolences to you all at this difficult time of grief and loss.
My memories of your Mom and grandmother are all pleasant ones. She was one of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure to know. Her wonderful smile filled a room and she was true example of a proper lady. Hold each other and your sweet memories of her close; praying they will comfort your broken hearts and help to ease your journey with grief in the days ahead.
With love and sympathy,
Leanne, Greg, Logan, Ian, & Erin MacKeen

Dianne West

26 January 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I have fond memories of Irene Breen and me visiting your mother at the cottage. We had a very enjoyable stay. Norma and I had a few things in common: your parents were friends of my husband, Keith, and she had the same birthday as my mother. Norma had a beautiful smile and a most pleasing personality. God bless you.

Gladys Decker Schofield

26 January 2019

Dear Jocelyn and family: We are sending on our condolences on the passing of your Mom. I have so many great memories of your Mom and the beach, her chats on the sandbars her swimming, her smile. I do hope that your memories give you comfort. My last thoughts of her on this earth is you walking with her on the sandbar. Love from Your friends Gladys Decker Schofield and Larry Schofield and family