Ethel Grace Ryan

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Ethel Grace Ryan (Wilcox, Gardner)

Birthdate:
Death: Died in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Cause of death: cancer
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Wilcox and Mary Jane Wilcox
Wife of Robert William Ryan
Mother of Flossie Clendening and Ruth L. Beatty

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About Ethel Grace Ryan

My grandmother Ethel Ryan, lived with my Clendening family in Mt. Pleasant, due to a paralyzing stroke. During her last 6 years with us, she would often grieve that she was the last of her family left. She was the youngest of 11 children!

 She loved to read and write....letters, poetry.... I believe that helped keep her spirit alive! I think she wore out the library's copies of "Little House on the Prarie" series.  She self-'published' a book of her poetry. She loved getting mail. Even in her dementia, she would still write to people... Mom took it upon herself to do some editing then.  She loved playing dominoes--  every night-- often with my father.  That helped keep her mind sharper too. Her usual set was double 12's... she was quick at adding it all up.  Drank her coffee with milk, and liked her toast a bit burned. Breakfast usually involved Bran Buds.  LOVED fried chicken... so did I... although I think my mother tired of fixing and eating it more than a couple times a week.     I still have her long-handled bamboo back-scratcher, that also served as her reacher for things out of range.
 Ruth, her older daughter, and her husband Dave, were frequent visitors, up from Williamston.    Ruth had also married a widower with children (3 sons)!
 I believe at one time, she and Robert owned some sort of jewelry shop, that also sold hand-crank record players.  Our family has one of those models, a 1924 Edison.

The next morning after a Halloween party in 1925, Ethel went to get up their daughter Flossie. She said she couldn't get out of bed. Sure enough, she couldn't stand up when Ethel got her out of bed. She had come down with polio, like so many children did. They nearly lost her. Her illness and long recovery meant Flossie started school a year late, at 6. [Her left leg & foot were always a little smaller/ shorter after that. In her later years, post-polio syndrome took its toll; but probably so did raising her 5 children!].

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Ethel Grace Ryan's Timeline

1885
March 21, 1885
1910
November 18, 1910
Age 25
1920
April 25, 1920
Age 35
Brown City, Michigan
1973
July 7, 1973
Age 88
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
1973
Age 87