The Curry Coastal Pilot

Ann Ryan, 89, passed away Nov. 6, 2011, surrounded by her family, at her home in Ophir.

Ann was born March 15, 1922, in Gold Beach to Collier and Xenia (Knorr) Buffington.

She lived her entire life in the Gold Beach area except when she attended and graduated from University of California, Berkeley, and when she spent a year at Oregon State University.

She married Curtis E. Ryan in Gold Beach on Nov. 28, 1942, Ann's parents' 27th wedding anniversary.

The couple made their home in Ophir where Ann was a stay-at-home mom with the exception of the 13 years she worked as a nurse's aide at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach.

She and Curt enjoyed traveling to Ocean City, Wash., for 14 years to dig razor clams. They also loved to bowl and were the oldest married couple on the senior league in Brookings. Ann also liked to knit, cross-stitch, bake, and make pottery. She was the pillar and heart of her family. Ann was very active in 4-H as a leader and in other community endeavors.

Survivors include Curt, her husband of almost 69 years, of Ophir; son Curtiss (Mac) E. Ryan of Burbank, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law Gretchen A. and James (Rusty) Green of La Pine; grandchildren Douglas B. Sandidge Jr. and his wife Katy of Eagle Creek, Rebecca Sandidge Miller and her husband Roy of Beaverton, Todd Ryan of Spokane, Wash., Wendy Ryan Cressotti and her husband Karl of Jamestown, R.I.; great-grandchildren Ryan and Rebekah Sandidge of Eagle Creek, Alexandria Knox of Jamestown, and twins Anna and Lomax Miller of Beaverton.

Ann was preceded in death by all of her siblings: Nancy (Sammy) Starkweather, Deborah Collett, Donald Buffington, Richard Buffington, Charles (Peter) Buffington, Collier (Sonny) Buffington, Jr.; grandson Arthur Segerdell; and nephews Bruce and Fritz Starkweather.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Coastal Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 493, Gold Beach, OR 97444.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.