Mickey K. “Kathy” Ryan
August 02, 1940 ‒ January 09, 2021
Mickey K. “Kathy” Ryan, age 80 of Sunbury passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021, at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville following a brief illness.
She was born on August 2, 1940, in Murry, Utah to the late Clyde and Mary F. (Marshall) Hibbard. Her mother and sister were both nurses and Mickey followed in their career by working on the floors and assisting in surgery at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio.
Before starting her medical career, Mickey wanted to help people with their overeating and nutrition problems. For several years, she was the leader/speaker of the Weight Watchers Program in Lima and had a large following, even TV personalities, and had many 100 lb+ member loss successes in the Lima area.
She continued her career in nursing by achieving an LPN status at Lima School of Practical Nursing and she went on to earn her RN degree at Lima Technical College and a BSN degree at Bluffton College. Mickey also worked as an OR supervisor at Defiance Hospital and House Supervisor at Bluffton Hospital. With her caring heart and hands, she excelled at every position she held.
Following those periods, she found joy and love in teaching others about nursing, having compassion, and striving to get answers to other’s sickness. She never wanted to leave any stone unturned. She taught her nurses that the job doesn’t end at 5:00, you have to get the answers. She became an LPN instructor at Apollo Career Center Lima, Ohio, and helped hundreds of nurses attain their goals.
Moving to Central Ohio in 2003, she continued to teach many LPN courses and classes at the Columbus School of Practical Nursing and at Felbry College. She also taught STNA classes with Columbus State and Premier College.
A woman of deep faith, she was an active member of St. John Neumann Church, Sunbury, OH, serving as the OWLS Leader (Older Wiser Laughing Souls). She was a volunteer for many church activities, including the Eucharistic ministry and prayer chain.
Mickey enjoyed a passion for gardening, helping others, and love of family.
Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband of 62 years Robert J. “Bob” Ryan whom she married October 8, 1958, son R. Jeffrey (Sara) Ryan, daughters: Judie (Gerald) Thompson, Jennifer (Denny) Glassmire, 4 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 2 great-grandchildren, and sister Marilyn Urban of Arizona, multiple nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her sister Betty (Robert) Christian, brother James (Norma) Hibbard, and brothers-in-law: Leo (Julie) Ryan and Thomas (Joan) Ryan.
During this pandemic, even though she had trouble with mobility, she wanted to get back in nursing and give vaccinations for this incredible disease.
Friends may call from 10:00 – 12:00 noon on Monday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St Rt 61at St Rt 3, Sunbury, Ohio 43074. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will then follow at 12:30 pm Monday at St. John Neumann Church, 9633 E. St Rt 37, Sunbury, and burial will take place in Resurrection Cemetery in Lewis Center. Due to COVID, all events will require face masks and social distancing. Mass will be live-streamed via https://www.saintjohnsunbury.org/live/
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent de Paul’s Society, 9633 E St Rt 37, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com