Mickey K. “Kathy” Ryan

August 02, 1940 ‒ January 09, 2021

Sunbury, Ohio

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

  • I had the pleasure of working under Mickey’s watchful eye at St Rita’s in Lima Ohio in 1985 as a young new nurse in the OR. She was a great mentor and friend. Her always positive attitude was uplifting and helped me enjoy my new job as I learned the new procedures and the politics of the OR. She had so much knowledge,experience,and love to share. I am so glad she was a part of my life. My sympathy to Bob and family and thank you for sharing her with nurses like me. She really made a difference ! God Bless

    • Beautiful, positive, God-centered woman we are honored to have known and loved.

      Our deepest sympathies to Bob and the family.

      God has received another angel.

  • Aunt Mickey was like an extra mom to me. She was always supporting our family. She hosted many fun family gatherings. Her laughter and love of others will always be remembered. Thank you, Aunt Mickey, for blessing us with your love.

  • When it was 4th of July, my family knew we were headed to Aunt Mickey’s. It was such a great family tradition that withstood the test of time and will always be remembered. When there were other special occasions in the family, Aunt Mickey always made it a priority to come. She had a great love for God, her family and all those who knew her.

  • Aunt Mickey was the beloved spouse and mom to three amazing kids, and she worked ever so hard, yet you always felt like you were in the only one in the room when she spent time with you. The world is missing a truly wonderful person and I am personally so grateful that God let us have her with us for so long.

  • So sorry for your loss. I was in water aerobics with Mickey and always tremendously enjoyed her company! She will be missed by everyone in class. May He raise her up on eagles wings. 🙏❤️

  • It was always a joy to be with Mickey whether a casual meeting at the grocery store or helping with a job at church. She will be greatly missed.

    Prayers and deep condolences go out for the family. May many happy memories be with you, and the comfort of knowing we never really lose anyone, it just is different.

    with affection,

  • Aunt Mickey had “Favorite Aunt” status to her nephews and nieces. It was always fun to go to her house when we were growing up, and I always looked forward to seeing her as an adult. She accepted people as they were and always wanted to know more about you and your family. We will miss her greatly and will look forward to seeing her and hearing her laugh in heaven.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I was in the same water aerobics class with Mickey and I was always so happy to see her each time she came. She was always so positive and fun to be around! We will all miss her a lot. She will truly be an angel with God!


  • I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. I too, was in water aerobics with her and she always brightened my day, wanting to hear what was new with me and offering advice. What a dear, sweet person she was.

  • Oh, I am so sorry Bob to hear this. She will be missed at our class and our luncheons! My memories go back to water aerobics classes, of course, and our many conversations about our grand kids at Big Walnut, the school plays, health and of course, politics! I also remember the rally on the square and the church bazaars. What a wonderful person and friend!

  • She was a customer of mine at Pjs for the group OWLS❤️I was sad to hear of her passing as she was a sweetheart and a very dear customer to all of us here at Pjs.Prayers for all of my OWLS and family during this hard time.Sending love xoxo

  • I am so sorry for your loss, she was a very special person and I loved her and her laughter and ability to see the upside of every situation. She was one of and my favorite instructor while I was in school to become an LPN. God has gained a special angel. We will all see you again one day Mickey.

  • I will never forget Mickey. Whenever I came into the SJN office, she was there to greet me with a warm smile which always made me feel welcome. She has the honor of being the very first recipient of the HUGS Prayer Shawl Ministry in 2010 when she was receiving rehab at Willowbrook after a serious fall. I am so sorry for all those she has left behind who loved her so much. She will be truly missed.

  • What wonderful condolences, you know she was loved. As a fellow nurse, I worked with her on the Health Ministry committee. It was made so much more pleasant with Mickey involved. She truly cared about each person she met. Her presence will be missed here on earth, it took up a lot of space. ❤️

  • Bob and family my heart is sad for all Mic was a very special person heart was for other people .My mom new her in W W she help my mom alot and that was just many of her assets. I new her in surgery at SRMC in lima .She was the life of the party and we had good ones back then. Love to all
    May God Bless you all Melissa

  • I was saddened to hear about Mickey’s passing. I worked with her at Saint Rita’s medical center. She was A great nurse with a heart of gold. She also knew how to have fun, we had wonderful times at our Christmas parties. Bob and family, please know that I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my Aunt Kathy, Uncle Bob, Jeff, and Judy (Jennifer was too young). I have many fond memories of laughter, of canning, and just plain fun on Thayer Rd. In Lima. My love and best wishes to all, and my condolences.

  • Our sincere and deepest condolences for Mickey’s family at this difficult time.
    We always enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor and her contagious smile. She always acknowledged your presence and made you feel welcome. Mickey was a special lady with a heart of gold and will be missed.
    Until we meet again,
    Jeanne and. Don Postiy

  • I too, will never forget Mickey. As a young man of 15 years, I remember being the first young guy to attend her Weight Watchers meetings, Mickey was my biggest supporter. She Loved others unconditionally, her kindness was radiant. She was a life long friend. Later in life, when I met my wife, Mickey was best friends with Melissa working in Surgery at St. Rita’s, our friendship re-kindled, we stayed in touch, each time picking up where we left off from last time we met. Our dinner’s in Ft. Wayne and Western Sizzlin with Mickey and Bob was always awesome. When my daughter decided to become a Nurse, Mickey was her biggest fan & supporter from a distance. Mickey was the best. She always made sure to ask how everyone was getting along. Her willingness wanting to re-enter Nursing to help with vaccines, she would have done it with all she had within in her soul, it’s with a heavy heart to know she’s gone. Bob & Family, please know you’ll be in our continued prayers and thoughts. Mickey is going to be missed.

  • Dear Bob and family,
    It is with a heavy heart to learn that Mickey has been called home to her God! She was just such a loving, caring, sweet, ornery and fun person! The world is certainly a better place because she came. I am so very thankful she came into my life. John and I will be praying for all of you. What a beautiful example of life and love to follow. Thank you for sharing her with us. Please know you are all in our love and prayers for comfort, strength and peace at this very sad time. God bless you,

  • I just cannot get my head around that Mickey is no longer with us, but know that she has everyone laughing in her “new place”. I will miss her loving spirit. She was such a joy to work with.

  • Dear Bob and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I will never forget Mickey, she was a great mentor, friend, and taught me a lot about teaching LPN students. Her ability to bring sunshine and laughter to everyday situations was amazing. I am so thankful that I was able to get to know her and Bob. She will be missed.

  • I was so sorry to have learned of Mickeys passing. 80 years young. I just remember Ryan Reunions of many years ago. Lots of laughs and food. Seems like another lifetime ago.
    62 years of marriage ! What a testimony to great love.
    My deep condolences and prayers to Bob and family.

    Mrs. Anita (Rundio) Kaufman

  • Dear Bob, Jeff, Judie and Jennifer-

    We are so sorry to hear about Aunt Mickey- she’s gone much too soon. We can’t imagine how difficult things are for you and we would do anything to help. For now, we are sending our supportive prayers and the biggest hugs. Mickey will always hold a bright spot in our hearts.

    With love,

    Michele, Matt, Kaitie and Hannah

  • Dear Uncle Bob, Jeff, Judie and Jennifer,
    Our thoughts and love are with you. Reading all of the testaments from all who had Aunt Kathy in their lives just warms my heart! I always was so happy to see her at our family get-togethers as she brought such warmth and love and was so interesting to chat with and always so interested in what was going on with us. I find that I envy those who walked beside her more often on their life journey as it is clear she gave her immense love, support, guidance, caring and love of fun and “family” to all around her. Of course she wanted to help give vaccinations! Always wanting to care and help. She would have comforted and brought smiles to all as she always did.

    I know you will see her now reflected everywhere- her love, her kindness and spunk- in your children and grandchildren especially. That Bright Light continues on.

    We are watching your beautiful Mass of Resurrection with you today and our hearts are full as we are there with you in Spirit. I know your are Blessings to her as she is still to you- “Closer than ever” as the priest said.
    Love and hugs,
    Tom, Barbie, Kate and Ben Ryan

  • Mickey was such a wonderful friend. Kindness and concern for others just spilled out of her. She graciously hosted several parties for the surgery crew at her home, when we were much younger and full of energy; then she bravely welcomed the surgery crew and their children to come out and enjoy their swimmimg pool. And we did. Always a good time, no one was un-noticed. I lost touch with Mickey when she left the hospital, then moved from Lima. When we connected again it was as if not a day had passed since we spoke. I certainly enjoyed talking with and being with her and am saddened by her sudden leaving. The phone calls, cards and Kewpee meetings will be missed. “The love you take is equal to the love you make”, and Mickey made everyone feel special. Actually, she was the special one in doing so.

  • I had the pleasure of working in surgery with Mickey. Not only work but also had the honor of being her friend, and her family’s friend. We would ride to work together and discuss our day before and after, of course laugh alot. She had a wonderful way of making everything fun and less stressful in life. She always worked hard and was a great patient advocate but also an advocate for her coworkers. I will always remember her laugh and her love for all people. My sincere condolences to Bob and family.

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