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Mary Lynn Ryan

October 25, 1958April 18, 2021

On April 18th, 2021, beloved wife and mother, Mary Lynn Ryan, passed away at the age of 62 in Dallas, TX.

Mary Lynn was born on October 25th, 1958, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Roy and Elizabeth Moody, and would live in Tennessee until 1996. Mary Lynn was in the marching band at the University of Tennessee and later transferred to the University of Memphis, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. Mary Lynn would later earn her certification as a Medical Technologist at the School of Medical Technology at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN. After working as a medical technologist for many years, she devoted herself to raising three wonderful children.

Mary Lynn is survived by her husband, William Ryan. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last May. They are survived by three beloved children: William Ryan, Jr. and his wife Kathleen and sons Liam and Colin; Ian Connor Ryan and his wife Cara and sons Roy and Albert; and Caitrin Ryan McSherry and her husband Stephen and sons Nolan and Jack; her mother Elizabeth S. Moody; and her siblings Roy Moody Jr., Allison M. Brennan and Lisa M. Moore. There are many additional family members that will deeply miss Mary Lynn, as she remained a beacon of love to all of her extended family. She is preceded in death by her father Roy Moody; and her in-laws William and Mary Katherine Ryan.

Mary Lynn was always looking to help those in need. She was involved in many charities including Juvenile Diabetes, Madonna Circle, Arthritis Foundation and Catholic Charities of Dallas. Mary Lynn was a longtime supporter of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, serving for over 5 years as the Governance Chair on the Advisory Council, as well as actively involved in many of the OLPH Gala committees. OLPH community was enriched by Mary Lynn’s generous heart.

Above all else, Mary Lynn treasured her family the most. She married her husband William in 1980, and they were best friends, travel companions, lovers of fine cuisine, football and devoted parents throughout it all. The only exception to the uninterrupted harmony, was when the Tennessee Volunteers played Notre Dame in football. Mary Lynn lived a life full of family, adventure and service. She loved to travel and experience many cultures around the world. She loved animals, including her horse and two dogs, that are happy and spoiled.

Mary Lynn was most proud of being a Mom and Nana to her kids and grandchildren. She had recently renovated a beach house in Hull, Massachusetts, which serves as a gathering place and summer retreat. She gave everything she had to her family and realized her dream of spending a summer at the beach house with her family in 2020.

She was a strong woman with a heart of gold, and will be missed terribly, loved always, and alive in the hearts of her family and friends.

If you would like to donate to Our Lady Perpetual Help Catholic School in lieu of flowers, please reach out to www.olphschooldallas.org.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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John Roppolo

April 24, 2021

Mary Lynn will be missed by all of us on the Advisory Council at Our Lady of Perpetual Help where she played such an integral role. She brought enthusiasm, zeal, knowledge and dedication to the school. Her bubbly personality and her heart of gold are two of her greatest attributes. I know that our Lord has wrapped his arms around her already as she entered the Pearly Gates. RIP

Celia Proud

April 23, 2021

It is always devastatingly sad to lose a close friend or relative, but Mary Lynn has left a gaping chasm. For those that knew her there was an awareness of how much she loved and cared deeply for her family, she breathed their very essence. Her friends she always made time for, enjoyed their company, metered out advice if required. She really did love, laugh and enjoy life to it’s fullest. A highly intelligent woman who packed so much in to a life left too soon for those loved ones left behind. Her love for Bill was unwavering and I know that wherever it is that she is right now she will be giving out yards to the ‘powers that be’ that she is no longer there with him.
Me? I was her friend. There will not be a day, I was a better person for knowing her. I will miss you Mary Lynn. Anthony and I will both miss you a whole gaping chasm’s worth.

Elizabeth Brennan

April 22, 2021

Lisa and MaryLynn

Elizabeth Brennan

April 22, 2021

All of us at Christmas. MaryLynn, Cowboy, Allison and Lisa

Elizabeth Brennan

April 22, 2021

MaryLynn and Cowboy

Elizabeth Brennan

April 22, 2021

MaryLynn and Cowboy on the ferry at Norfolk lake.

Elizabeth Brennan

April 22, 2021

MaryLynn, Cowboy, Allison and Lisa on an Easter Sunday

Elizabeth Brennan

April 22, 2021

MaryLynn , Allison and Lisa before dancing at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis .

Allison Brennan

April 22, 2021

MaryLynn and I playing in the pool.

Laura Kirkpatrick

April 22, 2021

Dear Bill, Billy, Ian and Caitlin,
Tom and I are sad to hear that Mary Lynn passed away this week. We have fond memories of sharing fun & laughter at the Ryans’ home in Wilton, CT, attending High School Football games together and dining out around Fairfield County.
I enjoyed looking at all the photos of family travels, events, grandchildren and friends posted on this website - She certainly lived life to the fullest! Tom & I and our sons have you in our thoughts and prayers.
In sympathy, the Kirkpatrick Family

FROM THE FAMILY