Mary Elizabeth Ryan, taught at St. Pius X School for 36 years

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Mary Elizabeth Ryan
Mary Elizabeth Ryan

Mary Elizabeth Ryan earned her eternal reward Saturday, April 8, 2017. She was a native of Providence, R.I., and lived most of her life in Virginia Beach.

She was the daughter of the late Dr. Charles Casey and Mary Elizabeth O’Neil Casey. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Casey, as well as the love of her life and husband of 35 years, Cdr. James A. Ryan.

She was a graduate of Saint Xavier Academy and Salve Regina College.

Mrs. Ryan, fondly known by many as ‘The Queen’ was a dedicated teacher who truly cared about each and every one of her students. During her 36 years at St. Pius X School, she not only taught the components of sentence analysis and the art of diagramming, she also instilled in her students the importance of treating each other with respect and demonstrating random acts of kindness to those you love whenever you get a chance.

She was a devout Roman Catholic who treasured her relationship with God and cherished the opportunity to pass on this level of faith and devotion to her students and friends. Her generous spirit and quick wit made her a role model to others! She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

Left to carry on her legacy are her children, Jim Ryan, and his wife, Regin, Charlie Ryan, and his wife, Julie, Christine Mahl, and her husband, Scott, and Dr. Marybeth Ryan, and her boyfriend, Scott Parsons; grandchildren and apples of her eye, Jimmy Ryan, Bridget Ryan, Sara Jane Ryan and Drew Mahl; brother, Dr. Charles Casey, and his wife, Betty; sister-in-law, Marie Casey; and many nephews.

A Christian wake service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, followed by a visitation with the family until 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, at St. Pius X Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Nixon Negparanon and the Rev. Father Joseph Metzger III officiating. Burial will be held in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Pius X Catholic School.