Martha (Marty) Thomas Ryan, 87, of East Second Street, Emporium, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
She was born July 13, 1924 on Whittimore Hill, just outside of Emporium, the fourth youngest of 12 children of the late Jackson and Clara Thomas.
On May 24, 1947 in Emporium, she married Joseph G. Ryan Jr., who died June 5, 1988.
She was a graduate of Emporium High School and was a veteran of WWII, having served as a Paymaster Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Marty was employed as a Senior Accountant by Sylvania Electric in Emporium. In addition to working as an accountant in the private sector, she was both a supervisory accountant and a systems accountant for the U.S. Navy. For the last 15 years of her working career, she owned and operated Timber Rock Farms on Whittimore Hill, a commercial greenhouse specializing in herbs and dried flowers.
Marty was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Emporium, and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star Emporium Chapter #101, the Business Women's Association and the American Society of Military Comptrollers. As an Army wife, she lived in many areas of the United States and Europe.
She is survived by her son, Fr. Matthew W. Ryan and his wife Barbara of Emporium; three grandchildren, Maggie (Dan) Sensenig of St. Marys, Kaity (Josh) Parslow of Emporium and Mike Ryan of Emporium; one great-grandson, Jackson Sensenig at home; one sister, Pauline Bollinger of Emporium; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Elida, Helen, and Beulah; and seven brothers, Bill, Leon, Fennii, Harry, Jackson Jr., Oliver and Paul.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Martha (Marty) Thomas Ryan will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, with Fr. Matt Ryan officiating. Interment will be in the Thomas-Ryan Family Cemetery on Whittimore Hill, where full military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.
An Eastern Star Memorial Service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
Visitations with video tribute will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, July 13 in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.
Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cameron County Ambulance Service, Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, or Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library.