Carole Ann Ryal
September 10, 1949 – July 23, 2020
Carole Ann Ryal, age 70, of Mason passed away peacefully with husband Krag by her side on July 23, 2020. Her warm, kind and generous nature provided a sense of love and comfort to everyone she met. Carole’s passion was making others happy and she delighted in giving the perfect gift or making a thoughtful donation. Born in Muskegon she later moved to East Lansing where she applied her Hospitality Management degree to work in Hotel Management. Her care for children in the community was displayed through her in-home daycare and was broadened in 1984 when she created and launched the Give-A-Kid-A-Coat drive. Carole’s life was renewed in 2004 after receiving a kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic, giving her more time to fiercely advocate for causes she believed in including Gift of Life. Carole was an avid reader, clever writer and master bargain hunter. She enjoyed traveling to Lake MI with her family and regionally to magic conferences and shows. As a member of the local International Brotherhood of Magicians, she actively promoted magicians and would expertly orchestrate the organization of events such as Michigan Magic Days. She used her life experiences and unique gifts to make life changing impact on high school and college students that sought her advice at campus fairs. Her faith was strong and saw her through many health challenges, in passing it brought her comfort and peace. Survived and forever remembered by husband, Krag Ryal of Mason; daughters, Lynne Sullivan (Jack) of Minneapolis, Laura Saltsman of Grand Rapids; son, Edward Gifford III (Lauren) of Jupiter; grandsons, Emmett, Emerson, Mason, Luke and Cohen; sisters, Susan Hanes (Al) and Linda Fields; and brothers-in-law, Joe (Jacquline) Watkins, and Kurt Ryal. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Genevieve Buttner; her sister, Mary Shetler; her late husband, Edward Gifford II; and son-in-law, Steven Saltsman. A private service will be held. Memorials preferred to Gift of Life or Give-A-Kid Projects.
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Carole Ann Ryal
July 29, 2020
My husband and I were foreign students/ residents in Grand Rapids back in 2002-2004. Carole made us feel at home. She always gave her best when we were around her. I will never forget her and how warm she was with us.
Laura: You and your family are in my heart.
July 28, 2020
Most of my childhood memories took place at Carole's house, as she was my babysitter growing up. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and am sending love. 💜
July 28, 2020
Carole’s lighthearted personality included all those around her. Caring, giving, always looking up, always giving of herself. She raised 3 beautiful, thoughtful, caring children who Carole was so proud. Her love will be missed by her family and friends.
I am so grateful to have a friend in Carole thru the years. A true loss for us.
Blessings to you Carole and your loved ones.
July 26, 2020
So sorry about your loss, Craig.
July 24, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Carole. She was an amazing woman with the biggest heart and shared her love with us all. She was part of my family and I will miss her deeply.