Frances Mead Ryan died at home peacefully on July 8, 2021, in Quogue, NY due to heart failure. She was 87.
Mrs. Ryan was born on January 9, 1934 in New York, NY, to her parents, Lawrence and Elizabeth Mead. She graduated from St Mary's School in Peekskill, NY. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in 1955 she went to work at Met Life Insurance remaining there until 1963. Later she changed careers to early childhood education. After a move to Long Island in 1968 she taught various grades at the East Quogue Elementary School, retiring in 2000.
Mrs. Ryan was a patient and supportive teacher with a passion for books, gardening and history. She was active in the Quogue Historical Society and the Suffolk County Historical Society. She was a volunteer at the Quogue Library. She was a member of the Quogue Beach Club, the Surf Club of Quogue, and the DAR.
Mrs. Ryan is survived by her son Robert Ryan of New York City and her long time companion, Richmond Gardner of Quogue NY.
A funeral is planned for about 11:20 am on July 18, 2021, at the Church of the Atonement in Quogue. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mrs. Ryan’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Atonement, Quogue. Mrs. Ryan will be interred at the Quogue Cemetery.
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