Alice Marie Ryan

June 18, 1932 ‒ March 15, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

Alice Marie Ryan, age 87, peacefully passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Country Meadow Care Center in Bellville under the care of OhioHealth Hospice.

She was born June 18, 1932, in Mansfield to parents Fredrick Samuel & Hazel (Meek) Lewis and was a 1950 graduate of Mansfield Senior High. A handsome young man named Lewis Ryan caught her eye at the Coliseum Roller Rink and the pair married on July 16, 1950.

Alice worked hard to create a loving home for her family. Starting in 1973, she worked as a clerk for the Lexington Branch of the Richland Co Public Library for over 20 years which fit well with her love of reading.

Alice was a devout member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church and served as an elder. She was also a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Ohio Child Conservation League. She and her husband were always the first on the dance floor and Alice was a lovely dancer of all styles. Her family and friends will miss her easygoing spirit.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 70 years, Lewis Ryan of Lexington; children Kevin Ryan of Mansfield and Marcy (Robert) Brown of Dalla, GA; daughter-in-law Vicky Ryan of Westerville; grandchildren Patrick (Katie) Ryan, Samuel Ryan, Alana (Wayne) Brown, Carly Brown, Matthew (Kim) Ryan, and Rebecca (Joe) Glosclose; six great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Gary Ryan; and siblings Robert Lewis, Lloyd Lewis, Richard Lewis, Fredrick Lewis, Eugene Lewis, Marjorie Piacent, and Mary Louise Saprano.

A memorial service will be announced at a future date, until then, her family hopes you will remember her in your own special way. Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Alice’s family. Share a memory with them at

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  • For our dear Lewis at this hard time! We had the privilege of knowing Alice, and you, for many years. We value those memories and hold them close. Oh, what God gives us in the good days and knows what to do for us in the sad days. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and please know that we are sending much love and caring to all. From loving friends, Harold and Margaret Myers.

  • I worked with Alice for many years at the library. Though I was technically her supervisor, we both knew who was in charge. She gently showed me the ropes, but did not hesitate to let me know when I made a mistake or mishandled a situation. I loved her dry wit and hilarious asides that were delivered so deadpan that it took a second to realize she was joking. She could handle any problem with aplomb and was a favourite of both staff and the public. She will be missed.

  • Alice will be deeply missed by her church family at Lexington Presbyterian. Alice was fun loving and kind. She had a beautiful smile and was a blessing to all who knew her. She was a helper and a friend. Alice was just a beautiful person inside and out. Our deepest sympathy to her sweet husband and her family.

  • Moms provide their children with so much while they are growing up including a place to call home. Now your mom as been called to her home. I hope you are comforted by the promise to be with your mom in her new home when the time comes for you to join her in the sweet by and by.

    My sincere condolence…

  • Sending my deepest sympathies to the entire Ryan family. In honor of a life so beautifully lived, Mrs Ryan brought a light into the world, that even though she is gone from our sight, her light will remain. Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.

  • Alice Ryan and my mom, Peggy Jo Carpenter were very close friends. Alice was a devoted mom and wife and grandmother (I’m not sure if she’d reached the status of great-grandmother yet), as well as a hard-working “library lady” and volunteer at the Prsebyterian Church in Lexington. I always enjoyed being in her presence because she had a great sense of humor. My condolences, and those from Tom, my husband, to Lew and the Ryan family at large. Planet Earth has indeed lost a really “good egg,” but I’m sure that Alice is spreading lots of joy in heaven. Penny Carpenter Jones

  • Dear Ryan family, Our hearts are with you at your loss. We’ll continue to think about you and pray for comfort as you go thru the days without your wife/ mother. Bob & Tina Saxton