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Betty (Atterberry) Ryan, age 75, of Lamar, MO died Thursday March 5, 2015 at Freeman Hospital of a sudden illness.  Betty was born on March 19, 1939 in Laclede County, Missouri to Donald and Margie (Devore) Atterberry.  After graduating from Stoutland Missouri High School, she worked in Springfield, Missouri where she met and married Richard Ryan on January 1961.  They had celebrated 54 years of marriage.

In 1966 they moved to Lamar, Missouri where they raised their three children, Tom Ryan, Melinda Ryan, and Christy Ryan.

Betty was well known for her talent in flower arranging.  She operated her own flower and gift shop for several years and later worked for two florist shops in Lamar.  She also worked at the Precious Moments Wedding Chapel in Carthage, Missouri for five years.  She loved bluegrass music and took up the mandolin in order to play with their many musical brothers and sisters.  Betty, along with her husband are of the Protestant faith and are members at Milford Christian Church.

Betty is survived by her husband Richard, of the home; one son, Tom (Shawna) Ryan of Lamar, Missouri; two daughters, Melinda (Ron) Boyer of Santa Clarita, California and Christy Ryan of Lamar, Missouri. Also surviving are her brother, Francis (Sue) Atterberry, of Springfield, Missouri; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, as well as a host of extended family and friends.

There will be a memorial service at 2:00 pm Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Milford Christian Church.  A private family interment of her ashes will be in the family plot at Lake Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061



#10 Liberal, MOLee and Sandy Porter 2015-03-17 19:26
We were so sorry to hear about Betty. May God grant you and your family peace and comfort at this sad time.

Lee and Sandy Porter
#9 Springfield, MOOran Green 2015-03-16 20:08
So sorry to hear about Betty. We wish the best for you and all your family. God be with you and bless you.
In Christian love. Oran and Nadean Green
#8 Krarney, Mo.Connie & Bud Taylor 2015-03-13 07:47
Richard, so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you and your family
#7 Lamar, MOMary Taylor Dubic 2015-03-11 00:05
Richard, I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed her in my life. Betty will be greatly missed.
#6 LamarDavid & Joan Turner 2015-03-09 16:49
Very sorry for your loss, Richard
#5 Lamar, MOCheryl Potter 2015-03-08 14:55
Such a sweet lady, I'm glad I had the joy of knowing her these last couple of years. Praying for you all.
#4 LamarJeff & Margaret Phipps 2015-03-07 21:27
So sorry for your loss. Betty will be deeply missed.
#3 Wichita Ks.Howard & Pat Hammons 2015-03-07 20:36
Sorry for your loss Richard. I wish Pat and I had gotten to spend more time with you and Betty. We enjoyed what time we did spend with you though. We will be praying for you and your family.
#2 Oronogo, MissouriDiana Ryan 2015-03-06 18:15
So very sorry for your loss. Betty was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. Love you!
#1 Milford Christian ChurchJune Gray 2015-03-06 12:01
Sorry for your big loss.

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