Jean Guthrie Ryon

September 7, 1923January 4, 2021

After an 11-day fight to survive corona virus, pioneer San Angelon Jean Guthrie Ryon, 97, passed away January 4, 2021. Born September 7, 1923 in Taylor, Texas her parents, Pauline “Polly” Guthrie and Henry Sidney Guthrie moved to San Angelo in 1928. After attending local schools, Jean attended TCU for two years and then began her career in journalism as Society Editor of the Standard Times. Soon thereafter she was recruited by GT&E (later Verizon) where she retired as a senior executive in 1987. She is survived by her brother, Henry “Bub”/“Tex” Guthrie, 91, and his wife, Clare, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Other survivors include nephews Henry “Reb” (Cathy) and Bruce Guthrie and grandniece, Sarah Jean Guthrie of Los Angeles and step-grandson David James, Florida. She will be greatly missed by her relatives and many close friends including Dory Robb and Bob Kavisic.


  • Henry "Bub" "Tex" Guthrie and wife Clare, Brother
  • Henry “Reb” Guthrie and wife Cathy, Nephew
  • Bruce Guthrie, Nephew
  • Sarah Jean Guthrie, Grandniece
  • David James, Step-Grandson
  • Dory Robb, Special Friend
  • Bob Kavisic, Special Friend



Jean Guthrie Ryon

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Dick Robertson

January 14, 2021

Jean was a great mentor of mine during my years with GTE in the mid-1970's. She taught me so much about professional writing, but her greatest lessons were in the area of dealing with people, especially in political situations. She was insightful, gracious and, most of all, a powerful force in the advancement of womens' role in the American workplace. She left no children, but she sure left a lot of young folks that were impacted by her efforts to educate us in so many important areas of life. You will be missed Sweet Lady!

Mary Ann Cochran

January 12, 2021

Jean was a great lady and will be missed by many. Sorry for your loss, know her spirit lives on in you and the community of San Angelo.

Kathleen Wylie

January 10, 2021

Jean was such a trailblazer for women at GTE, she inspired so many of us during her career.

Orvie Jenkins

January 9, 2021

I worked with her for 30 years as the advertising agency for GTE, if I had not been associated with her, my life would have been a lot different. She was a wonderful woman and great friend! The city of San Angelo owes her a great debt as council member and advocate for tourism.