Margaret Van Ry

July 4, 1926February 16, 2021

Surrounded by her children, Margaret Van Ry passed away quietly on February 16th. She is now reunited with her husband, William Jacob John Van Ry, for eternity.

She had one sister and four brothers. Margaret was the youngest and was extremely close to her brother Eldon. She was born in Kanab, Utah on the fourth of July 1926. Her father Robert told her that the 4th of July was a celebration of her life.

She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was there that she met her eternal companion and started a family. Over a ten-year period she had two boys and two girls while working as a cashier for Safeway. The family then moved to Kansas City, Missouri. While there she worked at Riverside Red X as a cashier. After a lengthy hiatus from having children, she had two more girls.

After almost fifteen years in Kansas City, the family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. This was home for the remainder of Margaret’s life. Until her retirement, Margaret worked as a cashier for Safeway. Margaret was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She worked in the Denver temple and the Fort Collins temple. In addition, she taught Primary for over forty years. Margaret was an avid Bronco fan; a lover of all things Mickey Mouse; and a diehard supporter of CSU basketball.

Most of all, Margaret loved people. Her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren gave meaning to her life and helped her continue on life’s journey after the death of her husband. There was never a person Margaret did not like. Her friends became her family, and she loved each and every one of them. One of the joys of her life was going to lunch with her friends.

While we are all sad at her passing, we are content in the knowledge that she is with her husband. He has waited for her for a very long time and they can now be together forever.

Margaret is survived by her six children – William; Kathe and her late husband JR; Susie and her husband Roger; Jay and his wife Kim; Jan and her husband Mike; and Julie and her husband Curt. In addition to her 21 Grandchildren and 31 Great Grandchildren.


  • Pathways Hospice
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Westfield Ward



  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19, 2021


  • A Celebration of Life will take place in July


Margaret Van Ry

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Maryann Hofferber

February 24, 2021

Love knows no yesterday or tomorrow, no beginning or end...
Love never changes.
May you cherish the love that will be with you always.
Live Today, Remember Yesterday, Await Tomorrow
Deepest Sympathy
Maryann and George A. "Andy" Hofferber

"and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying... Revelations 21:4

John Paterson

February 23, 2021

What a wonderful woman of God. She was supported in her old age by a loving Father in Heaven. She was blessed by her temple service. I, too, remember her smiles and hugs when she greeted people. Suzanne and I were blessed when we went to Branson, MO for Kewpiesta. What a fun time that was. She is having the time of her life now!

Michael Hardy

February 22, 2021

Sister Van Ry was always so sweet to me. I knew her from a professional setting, and then from our church congregation. She was always so genuine and thoughtful and I could feel a Christ-like love from her with every interaction. While we will miss her sweet spirit, I know that she is well taken care of it in the afterlife!

Melissa Jones

February 21, 2021

I remember 'hiding' Margaret's Coca Cola before Bill came back from sales trips. And going next door for ginger ale when someone in our family was sick. Prayers for the family.

Lisa Spangler

February 20, 2021

Starting in October 2020 I began delivering Meals on Wheels to your mom on Fridays. I always thought she was so sweet and kind and she always had a cheerful greeting for me! I loved how her Christmas tree sparkled with shiny tinsel and how she wore her sweater with the American flag when I saw her on the Friday after the Capitol riots. I knew the last time I saw her, Friday February 5, that she wasn't doing well. The twinkle in her eyes was gone and she told me she wasn't well. I've missed her the past two weeks and wondered if she had passed. I just want you to know that even in the short time I delivered to her, she was my favorite. Thanks be to God she is now home.

Keli Gogarty

February 19, 2021

I loved her hugs! She always smelled so good and wore the softest, most huggable clothes! She always had her arms open to hug everyone in sight. One of our best 4th of July celebrations was going to her birthday party and I loved seeing her decked out in blue and orange! This world is definitely a little less bright without her in it! 🧡💙🧡

Jim and Shirley Gabel

February 19, 2021

We will miss dear Margaret! She was 'Mom' to all of us 💖. Happy reunion in Heaven!

Joyce Lindquist

February 19, 2021

Dearest Susie and Roger,

I wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my prayers. Your mom seemed like a very wonderful example of the kindest human being. I hope her memories give you peace and joy now and always.

Loving thoughts,
Joyce Lindquist