Adina Jo Ryan

September 17, 1964 ‒ April 27, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Adina Jo Ryan, age 51, of Mount Vernon passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

She was born on September 17, 1964 in Mount Vernon to Billy Harrison and Susan Davis. Adina was a fund raiser and organized and helped numerous organizations throughout her life including Hospice of North Central Ohio, Billy Graham Ministries Operation Christmas Child, North Central State College and also Batten Disease Research. She was a very crafty and giving person. Adina attended the White Lilly Chapel in Ashley.

She is survived by her husband David Ryan; five daughters, Ashli (Alex) Nixon, Whitney (Chris) Gherman, Brooke (Matt) Dusenberry, Megan (David) Morey, Emily Ryan; her son Daniel Ryan; two grandchildren, Isa Ros Gherman, Emerson Rae Nixon; her mother Susan Davis; her father Billy (Mary) Harrison; her brother Craig Davis; and her special cousin Sherie Biefnes Updike.

Adina was preceded in death by her step-father Cecil Davis.

Friends may call on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 4-6PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will follow beginning at 6PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Batten Disease Research, 1175 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215 (or) Arms of an Angel Foundation, P.O. Box 1091, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • I am so saddened to hear of Adina’s passing. I remember her smiling face and those bright beautiful eyes. She was fun, happy and a good good person. I remember Adina showing me how to do the books at her house when I started to help her with paperwork for Dominos. I enjoyed working for the family and becoming friends with them.

    I will be praying for all of you.

  • I am so sad to hear of Adina’s passing. I loved working with her and cherished our friendship. To her family, you are all in my prayers.

  • I am very sorry to hear this. Adina was a very sweet woman. I babysat for her my junior and senior years of high school. Brooke was just a baby then. She was always so happy and upbeat, and you could really see the love that she had for her family. I hope her children and grandchildren find comfort in her memories and each other.

  • To Adina’s family I am so very sorry for your loss. She was my friend we worked together through Operation Christmas Child. I adored her, and her loving spirit. My heart breaks that she has left us way to soon. I enjoyed our bus trip to Grove City PA, and the shopping we did there for Christmas. She was beautiful inside and out, always the optimist! To have her in my life was a treasure, and I am thankful God placed her there, as she taught me so much about God’s love, and compassion. Cherish the memories you have made together, as they will help during this difficult time. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers!
    Leigh Anne Manter

  • My deepest sympathy for you and your family. I graduated with Adina and she always had such a beautiful and genuine smile. May the arms of God protect and comfort you during this heartbreaking time.

  • We are so sorry for you loss. Your entire family are in our prayers. Paul and Karen Arnold

  • My most sincere and deepest sympathy to Adina’s family at this most difficult time. Although I’ve not seen Adina in many years I remember the cute little girl and beutiful young woman with a smile. God has taken her home; she now is at peace. You, her family, are in my prayers.

  • I remember when i first met Adina at the BDSRA conference. She was so passionate about helping support our cause and even after she left the group, we still remember her. I am saddened to hear about her passing and know that a huge light is now gone from the world, but her work, hopes, and dreams will not be forgotten!

  • I am saddened to hear of Adina’s passing. I worked with her at the Richland County Foundation years ago and remember her warm, friendly personality and her smile. My deepest sympathy to all who loved her. May she rest in peace.

  • I am so saddened to hear of Adina’s passing. She was a bright shining light and it was rare I ever saw her without a smile on her face. She was a woman of many talents. I feel fortunate to have known her and called her my friend. My prayers go out to David and their children as they grieve the loss of Adina.

  • Our family is sorry for your loss. Adina was beautiful inside and out. We have fond memories of our time we had in Sunday school many years ago. She had a deep love for her family and her desire to help others will be something I will always remember.
    We will be praying for your family during this difficult time.

  • We are so saddened to hear of Adina’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.
    Blessing, Larry & Linda Kyle

  • Dear Dave: I am so very sorry to read of Adina’s death. It is so very sad to see someone die at so young an age. I had not met her until a couple of months ago and was very struck by her at the two meetings we attended together. I will be out of town at the time of the funeral and calling hours, but hope to see you again soon. Knox that I am thinking of and praying for you, as are many people. Be gentle with yourself, please.

  • Susie. We are so very sorry to hear of Adina’s passsing. Our hearts break for you!

  • David and family…there aren’t words but only prayers for your healing..His ways are not our own…God Bless you all as you grasp the sadness yet may all the joy and memories see you through. Sincerely. Ryan family fan….

  • My heart is breaking for all of you. Adina was very special and I am so thankful for the years we spent together at Operation Christmas Child. I am praying that God fills you with the peace only He can provide. Lynn & John Washatka

  • So sorry to hear of Adina’s passing. We were best friends in middle school. She was always so “bubbly”, and had a great laugh and smile. I have great memories of the fun we had together. My heart felt condolences to Susan and the rest of her family.

  • I’m sorry to hear about Adina’s passing. She was a beautiful person , with
    a kind and gentle spirit.
    Sending prayers of love and compassion , to David , and her family.

  • We were so sorry to hear of your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.

    Dennis & Tammy

  • Although it was brief, I truly learned some valuable lessons from our time here. There were several barriers in our way from moving forward together; however, I’ll cherish the laughs and humor that we shared – surrounding many things (personal and work related). Thank you for believing in me and giving me the chance when I felt there were no options.

    I’m saddened that time never permitted closure and my heart is extremely heavy. You were one of a kind and I’m most certainly a better person for knowing you. You’d tell me (straight up) that this is nonsense, but I’m sorry for any part that I may have played with regards to your battles. It wasn’t supposed to be this way – I will forever remember you.

    My prayers are consistently with the family…until soon.

    Jeremiah~ 33:3

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Adina was a former accounting student of mine at Tiffin University. She was intelligent and fun loving. I enjoyed keeping up with her life on Facebook. Rest in peace Adina. You will be missed.

  • So sorry to hear, I was shocked. Adina was so full of life and never not smiling, we graduated together and she was in my wedding. I kept in touch for a few years and then life children and businesses took us to the point of not keeping in touch. I have a beautiful photo of her in my wedding with me so glad I kept it all these years. She could be having the worst day in school and yet you never knew it, she left to go to college and was always up beat and happy when she called or wrote. I was happy to find her again here recently and her pictures told me she was still the same beautiful girl. Can’t imagine the hurt and I am praying for you all, she seemed to be feeling very safe in her faith lately and I pray that it helps you all to get through all of this.

  • Susan,
    My heart breaks for you. I was at the hospital the day Adina was born and she grew to be the cutest little girl ever, with her little southern accent. I’m sorry I didn’t get to know her as an adult, but from reading the other condolences I can tell she was a wonderful woman. I am so sorry.

    Love and hugs,
    Sharon Snyder Arbaugh

  • My Thoughts and Prayers are with the family. I really enjoyed working with Adina at the Mount Vernon News. She was such an amazing woman, and so full of life! May God give you all comfort and strength. Cindy

  • Susie,

    We only knew Dina briefly when you, Nancy and Bobby and friends got together at
    Bobby and Nancy’s house or at the dock at Apple Valley. However, from what I have read in these e-mails she was very special but then I knew she would be with a Mother like you. We would just like you to know that we can only imagine the pain you are going through. Take care of yourself and cling to those beautiful memories I know you have of Dina.

    Friends from the past, Jim and Vickie Young

  • Adina always met me with a hug when she delivered produce to Salvation Army. She will be missed. Prayers for her family.

  • To the family and Susie, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I dated Adina in high school, 3 magical years. As most people have already stated her beautiful smile, eyes, laugh and nobody has ever held me the way she did. I was so sorry to here of her passing, I always hoped I’d bump in to her again on one of our return visits. So sad that will never be possible. She has left us with so many wonderful memories, we’ve all been lucky to have known her. She will be missed but never forgotten. R.I.P. Diny

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We cherish so many memories of good times when the kids were little on the Gambier Street corner…….
    Prayers for all the family,
    Brad and Robin Stacy

  • To Susan and Adina’s family: I am so very sorry for your loss of Adina . . a beautiful and passionate woman in everything she did. I worked with Susan and I have known this gorgeous woman since she was a child. My heart aches for all of you . . . and you will be remembered in my prayers.