Ryan, Alta L. – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon

Alta L. Ryan, 92, of Baker City and formerly of North Powder, died Dec. 10 at St. Elizabeth Care Center in Baker City. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Haines Methodist Church. Viewing will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. before the service. Burial will follow at North Powder Cemetery.

Mrs. Ryan was born June 11, 1914, in North Powder to William R. Lund and Alma E. Lund. She attended school in North Powder, graduating from Power Valley High School. She continued her education at Eastern Oregon College.

She married Albert Harrison and had three sons, Darwin, Larry and Veryl. The couple later divorced.

She then married Jack Ryan. They had a son, Bill, and a daughter, Mary Lou.

The family worked hard, raised chickens, had a large garden and Mrs. Ryan worked at both St. Elizabeth Hospital and later at the Haines Post Office.

After retiring, she “blanketed” her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with handmade quilts and afghans. She loved making mincemeat pies and cookies. She looked forward to her card club days, and meeting with special friends. Her special angel was her daughter-in-law, Janis, wife to her son, Bill.

Mrs. Ryan is survived by her children, Larry and Phyllis Harrison, Veryl and Harriet Harrison, Bill and Janis Ryan, and Mary Lou Ryan; numerous grandchildren, great- and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Dying earlier were her husband, Jack, son Darwin, daugher-in-law Barbara, and sisters, Edna and Lola.

Memorials may be made to the American Cencer Society in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.

The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 16, 2006, Published: December 16, 2006

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