Beverly Ryan passed away peacefully May 11, 2019 at age 92 after a series of long illnesses and ailments. Beverly will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who brought so much joy and laughter to any life she touched. She possessed a tremendous sense of humor and a sharp wit which was only surpassed by her kindness and generosity. She was born Beverly Verlaine Carter on Oct. 3, 1926 to Thomas Carter and Margaret Carter nee Ahlberg, a native of Sundsvall Sweden.
The Depression years were tough on the family as her parents divorced and her mother had to place her in foster care for much of her childhood along with her brother Jack Carter who preceded her in death. She was reunited with her mother as an adolescent and later with her father as an adult. She attended South Salem High School and Pendleton High School before joining the United States Navy at age 17 at the height of World War II in 1944. She met her future husband Jack Ryan while stationed in Indian Head Maryland and was discharged from the Navy in 1946.
After returning home to the Pacific Northwest, her father helped her land a job as receptionist to Governor Langlie of Washington. She married Jack Ryan, a native of Brooklyn NY, in 1952 in Olympia WA and moved to Portland and started a family. The Ryan's moved to Tigard in the late 50's and became a fixture in the community being very active in sports and at St. Anthony's Church and School from which all the children graduated. Beverly was an avid sports fan, especially of the Tigard Blue Sox baseball team coached by her husband who passed away in 1988. After raising 6 children she rejoined the work force full time in the late 70's and worked as a customer service representative for GTE Northwest from 1978 until her retirement in 1989.
She spent her retirement years enjoying card games with friends, trips to the beach, and in doting on her grandchildren. She is survived by her devoted children Jack Ryan Jr., Kitty Reaves, Mike Ryan, Marty Ryan, Molly Ryan Murray, Tim Ryan; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
A service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church, Tigard, OR.
Remembrances can be made to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org