Betty May Ahlstrom Ryan, age 97, of New Milton, departed this life on the evening of Saturday, March 21, 2020 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born September 24, 1922 in Lockport, NY, daughter of the late George C. and Iva M. Loesh Ahlstrom.

Betty is a retired music teacher and mother of 12. She is a long time member of the Good Shepard Catholic Church in Glenville and was the organist for many years. Betty enjoyed woodworking, sharing her faith, and she devoted her life to raising her children, and praising the lord with her music.

On November 1, 1943, Betty was united in marriage to Arthur R. Ryan, who preceded her in death in January 1994.

Surviving are nine children, Mary Platt (Jay), of Sacramento, CA, James Ryan (Toby), of Darian, NY, Patricia Dowell (Tom), of Shepherdstown, William Ryan, of Alum Bridge, Joseph Ryan (Jeanne), of St. Augustine, FL, Theresa Karg (Tom), of Buffalo, NY, Kathleen Burroughs (Ronnie “Pete”), of Roanoke, John Ryan (Grace), of New Milton, and Michael Ryan (Lynn), of Shingles Springs, CA.

Also surviving are a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many other wonderful family and friends.

Along with her parents and husband, Betty is preceded in death by three daughters, Elizabeth Ryan, Margaret Buettner, and Ann Walker, and one brother, David Ahlstrom.

The family's request for cremation has been honored and the family will have a private graveside service in the Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Tanner, with Father James DeVise officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is honored to assist the family of Betty May Ryan with arrangements.


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