Dianna Lou Jones Ryan, age 75, of Ivydale, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2020 due to complications while recovering from surgery. She was surrounded by family all sharing their love with her. She was born in Glenville, on February 28th, 1944 and was daughter to the late Helen Bramer Jones and Hershall Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Okey Lawson Jones.
She is survived by her husband, Roy K. Ryan, daughters, Mischelle Messenger, of Ipswich, MA, Nicole Economides and son-in-law, Jim Economides, of Salem, MA, and Lorra Tanner and son-in-law, Gary Tanner, of Ivydale, and her son, Andrew Messenger, of Egg Harbour, NJ. She is also survived by several grandchildren, Garis, Garett, and EmmaLee Tanner; Gavin, Dylan, and Elaina Messenger; and Madison and Taylor Economides. Dianna has three brothers, Doug Jones and sister-in-law, Winnie Jones; Dennis Jones and sister-in-law, Sharon Jones; and Dexter Jones and sister-in-law, Carolyn Jones as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was dedicated to her employment with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health Surveillance and Disease Control where she was employed for 23 years as a Disease Intervention Specialist. As well as performing her duties across several counties in WV, she also presented at many national and state conferences attended by the CDC, Johns Hopkins University, and many others. She developed several new training programs that are still being followed today by these and other organizations. Her local office was with the Clay County Health Department where she considered the staff her family and enjoyed many potluck parties. While traveling all over the state in her position, she interacted with several health departments and built long lasting friendships wherever she went.
Dianna always played a big role in her children's lives. From sending them to the garden with a bowl of sugar so they could sit and eat fresh rhubarb to getting them all through some of the most complex and challenging times of their lives. She was their ear, their heart, their light, and even their legs and arms at times. As her family has shared the sad news of her passing, person after person has described a woman who shared herself in the same way with them. Many have said that she got them through some of the hardest parts of their lives; many have spoken of her determination and toughness; and many have shared her humor and fun loving nature.
She had several hobbies and activities that she enjoyed. She loved reading and spending time around the campfire with family. She was always ready for an adventure such as white water rafting. She loved cooking, especially some of the family recipes like her mother's bread and grandmother's lemon ammonia cookies. She loved family traditions like eating at the dinner table together and sharing stories. She enjoyed woodworking and making furniture for her kids She loved photography and won several awards. She loved snowmen and had a house full of the most interesting ones she could find. She loved sports, especially basketball, football and baseball. She loved following all sports though, from The Kentucky Derby to the Olympics. She has been described by many as an amazing woman with a positive light to so many people. There are many different ways to describe Dianna, some that come to mind are compassionate, generous, giving, a great listener, kind, loving, determined, caring, humble, happy, grateful and empathetic. She was always there for her four children no matter the time or day. She was present for all that was asked. She brought hope and happiness to those that had the joy of knowing her. She will be greatly missed not only by her loving family but by all those lives that she touched.
Friends and family visitation will be held on January 27, 2020, from 3-7:00 p.m. at Glenville Presbyterian Church in Gilmer County, 1172 WV HWY 5W, Glenville, WV 26351, where she was a life long member. In lieu of flowers, she wished for donations to be made to the Glenville Presbyterian Church. Following the visitation, she will be cremated as were her wishes. Please join us to celebrate her life. The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Dianna Lou Jones Ryan. Send online condolences to the paper at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com