Laura Vial Ryan, age 89, long term resident of Upper Arlington, Ohio died on May 10, 2011 at The Forum at Knightsbridge in Columbus, Ohio (Franklin County).
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Murphy Ryan, MD and her brother George Vial.
Laura was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1921 to Margaret and Charles Vial.
She graduated from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois in 1938.
She earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan in 1942.
Her spunky attitude gave her the courage and strength to drive a carload of other Navy wives up and down the California coast in 1944 as they followed the ship where their husbands were assigned before it set sail for the Pacific Theatre.
Laura lived her adult life in Upper Arlington, Ohio having moved to Columbus in 1951 when her husband was appointed to the faculty of The Ohio State University Medical School.
She served as a volunteer in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of The Ohio State University Medical Center. Her more than 7100 hours of service there earned her the Mary E. Shoemaker Volunteer Service Award in 1991.
She also served as an Elder and Deacon at Covenant Presbyterian Church and volunteered at The Buckeye Boys Ranch.
She was a member of The Ohio State University Medical Center Women's Service Board, Scioto Country Club, Zanesfield Rod and Gun Club, Kappa Alpha Theta, Twig, and the Michigan Alumni Association.
Laura was the beloved mother of Patricia Ryan Carlson (Jon) of Westmont, Illinois, Martha Ryan Palmer (Charles) of Upper Arlington, James M. Ryan, MD (Anne) of Upper Arlington, and Janet Ryan Essey (Norman) of Upper Arlington.
She was the grandmother of Jim Carlson, Laura Goetsch (Rick), Chuck Palmer (Joanna), Dan Palmer, Katie Ryan, Joe Ryan, Jamie McCurdy (Patrick), and Joe Feusner (Beth).
Additionally, she was the very special great-grandmother of seven.
She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Stephen Upton of St. Joseph, MI; numerous nieces, nephews, several cousins
A Memorial Service will held on June 4, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Road, Upper Arlington, OH
The family will greet friends immediately following the service in Founders Hall at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to The Ohio State Foundation for the Joseph Murphy Ryan, MD, Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine (Chair Fund #646224), c/o The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221, in her memory.
Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road.