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Thelma Marie Ryan

September 20, 1933 — December 2, 2022

Thelma Marie Ryan, 89, of Lynchburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, December 2, 2022, at her daughter’s residence.

She was born in Pennsylvania on September 20, 1933, to the late Joseph Mann and Regina Brennan. She was the devoted wife to the love of her life, Richard Samuel “Dick” Ryan.

She is survived by her 3 daughters, Regina M. Ryan of Concord, Diana L. Ryan (Ralph) of Rustburg, and Elana D. Oliver of Lynchburg. She was fondly known as “Granny” by her five grandchildren Heather D. Kennon (Lonnie) of Spout Spring, Samantha N. Bryant (Steven) of Rustburg, Matthew E. Johnson (Bre) of Rustburg, Makayla Shea Harris (Jeremiah) of Altavista, and Samuel “Christian” Watson of Concord.

She is also survived by dear friends and caregivers, Cyndi Hamilton, Heather Woodson and was “Granny Ryan” to Tarik and Nadia (Dyani), Imani (O’rian), and Kaya (Galaxie) of Richmond. She was known as “Super Granny” by her six great-grandchildren Hailey Kennon, Lonnie Kennon, Jr., James Kennon, Bently Bryant, Chase Bryant, and Cory Bryant.

She retired from Stop-In Food Stores after 20 years of excellent management services. One of her best memories included her co-worker/”son” Leon Bradley.

She enjoyed family life, dancing with her husband, her cats, and coffee after mass on Sunday mornings. She was a devout member of Holy Cross Catholic Church where she served the Eucharist often.

We would like to give a special thanks to Centra Home Health including Stacey, Tracy, Nichole and Sarah. Also, a special thanks to Gentle Shepherd Hospice, Tammy, Gwen and staff for giving Thelma the kind and gentle care she deserved.

A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg Chapel, with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, in memory of Thelma.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit
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