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Chapel of Eternal Peace at Forest Park

2454 S Dairy Ashford, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Ellen Ryan

April 11, 1943January 12, 2020
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Mrs. Ellen Jeannette Ryan passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 12, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. Ellen was born on April 11, 1943 in Houston, Texas to the late Francis and Ruby Burke. She spent most of her childhood in Pasadena, Texas and was one of nine children. After high school, she worked at the Texas A&M Veterinary School while raising her eldest son, Randy Hux. After moving to Spring Branch Area, she continued growing her family with another son, Ricky Hux and a daughter, Melanie Hux. She enjoyed working as a medical transcriber when her children were young. Much of her child rearing years were spent in Spring, Texas. Later, she owned and operated two businesses: one a drill team supply company and the other, a hair and nail salon. Additionally, she received her real estate license and was an active real estate agent for many years. After a divorce, she met her current husband, Theodore “Ted” Ryan, whom she married in 1996. Due to her husband’s work transfer, they relocated to Canada for a time period which Ellen thoroughly enjoyed. After returning to Texas, they settled in Spring, Texas for several years and later moved to Fulshear, Texas where they built their dream home.

Throughout her life, Ellen was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother and friend to all she met. Ellen was a fabulous cook, shopper, family supporter, and golfer. Her cooking always brought her family together for holidays as well as celebrations. Beyond filling many stomachs as well as hearts with her cooking, she was known for her enjoyment of drinking coffee with her family and friends. Her coffee pot was always full, like her heart. Ellen spent years helping her children, stepchildren and grandchildren to grow through spending as much quality time as she could with them.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Theodore Ryan, as well as her three loving children and their spouses: Randy and Tina Hux; Ricky and Jessica Hux; and Melanie Hux; and her three stepchildren and their spouses: Derrick and Susan Ryan; Damon & Michelle Ryan; and Darren Ryan. She was a beloved grandmother to eight grandchildren: Alexis and her husband Ryan Bouse, Landon Hux, Sarah Hux, Amanda Hux, Breanna Woytek, Ella Ryan, John Patrick Ryan and David Ryan; and one great-grandchild: Grayson Bouse. She is survived by her two sisters and their spouses: Melanie and Gene Britt and Cindy and Norm Williamson. She also leaves behind her two sister-in-laws and their spouses: Dorothy and Sam Schwartz and Hettie and Larry Valigura. Ellen leaves behind many other extended family members who will sadly miss her. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.

The family would like to give a very special thank you to Ellen’s beloved sister-in-law, Hettie, for her love and devotion over the last weeks of her life to help care for her and Ted. The family would also like to recognize Ellen’s long time, loyal friendship with Vera Curtis who was there for her throughout her life. She is considered by family as an honorary family member whom Ellen loved and adored.

Please join us for visitation and rosary on Thursday, January 16th from 5 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Forest Park Westheimer funeral home. The service will occur Friday, January 17th, starting at 2:00 p.m. Afterwards, there will be a graveside service for family only at Forest Park Westheimer located at 12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77077.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Rosary Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Interment Friday, January 17, 2020

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Elizabeth Witte

January 17, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about Ellen. We are thinking of your family.

Dena Copeland

January 17, 2020

Ellen Ryan was a wonderful and beautiful lady with a lot of sass and class. She possessed a fierce spirit and a great sense of humor, and she was very intelligent, extremely witty, and a real fashionista.
My husband Nate and I first met Ellen and Ted over 19 years ago when we were building our home in Fulbrook and we will forever remember Ellen’s kindness and generosity as she immediately welcomed us as her Fulbrook neighbors. She’d always invite us to stop over for dinner whenever we came to inspect the progress of our house and then we would spend hours sitting on the porch with her and Ted just conversing, laughing, and enjoying the peacefulness of nature. Also, we’ll fondly remember all the T-parties and Friday poker nights we shared through the years, where we frequently laughed so hard (a lot of times due to Ellen’s witty comments) that we couldn’t breath. On those poker nights we often sung to karaoke and danced, and it’s those memories we’ll cherish the most because seeing Ellen and Ted sing and dance together was such a beautiful sight to behold!
Rest In Peace Ellen and know that while you’ll be greatly missed, you’ll also forever live on in our memories and hearts. Love Dena and Nate

Kim and Nico Vandenworm

January 16, 2020

Ellen
Has always been a loyal and steadfast partner to Ted . She really enjoyed participating in the social events that were part of the Fishing Tournaments . She loved sports especially golf and following her favored stars. Ellen had an open personality that made you feel at home.
She had a wonderful unique sense of humor and we will miss her laughter .

sandra Myers Danna

January 16, 2020

Ellen and I were very close friends. We did many silly things growing up. Then I learned how to drive, away we went around in the Pasadena area, Ellen laughed all the time, loved going to the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, TX, took pictures. Went to dances at the Memorial Building. Then she moved with her family to La Marque near where her daddy worked. I will always remember Ellen by her fun loving and caring person, she loved pickles, cheese sandwiches, hot chocolate and buttered toast. Love you crazy and wild girl friend!!!!

Leticia Morales

January 15, 2020

Ellen, your smile and your grace will always stay with Carlos and me. We’ll never forget your love for life, your love for Ted and for your family. The memory of that evening at your home when we sang karaoke and had a wonderful time has stayed with us throughout the years. Ted, our hearts and prayers are with you.

Holly Ellerman

January 14, 2020

Ellen I will never forget you. The fun times we had at your house in spring hanging out with Melanie laughing and joking around. I can still hear your laugh! I’m so blessed for the time we shared! RIP Dear Ellen May Your Love Live On!
Holly Ellermann

Judi Williams

January 14, 2020

Ellen and I spent many days and nights sitting on wooden bleachers watching our sons play baseball and cheering them on. She was a really funny and fun loving lady. Enjoyed laughing with her and complaining about the "umps".

Vera Curtis

January 14, 2020

WHEN I FIRST MET YOU,I KNOW WE WHERE FRIENDS FOR LIFE,YOU TAUGHT ME SO MUCH,WE SHARE SO MUCH,I LOVE YOU SOO MUCH,WORDS CAN'T EXPLAIN,MY HEART ACHES BUT YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE ,RIP
EBONY AND IVORY ❤❤❤❤❤❤

Dot Ryan Schwartz

January 14, 2020

It is hard to imagine the coming days and years without Ellen among us . . . being "the hostess with the mostest," and generally making us ordinary folks feel special. So, from now on, I will imagine her as a beautiful heavenly angel, forever free of pain, and gloriously happy to watch over all those she loved on this earth.

Dick Hansen

January 13, 2020

Ellen and Ted were very giving of their support for my relative Barret They gave him love and the opportunity to give him a job with a great career path. Thanks be to GOD for Ellen

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