Margaret McClanahan Ryan (Jan. 14, 1919 — Oct. 13, 2016) |

Margaret McClanahan Ryan (Jan. 14, 1919 — Oct. 13, 2016)

Margaret McClanahan Ryan, 97, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2016, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, CO. She was born on January 14th, 1919, in Clinton, Missouri, to Marion Ross McClanahan and Lucy Margaret Lindsey. As a child she lived in Missouri and Boulder, CO. She graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1941 with a B.A. in French with minors in Spanish, English and education. This is where she met Rupert Myron Ryan and they were married in 1942 in Wilmington, Delaware. Together they shared the dream of raising a family in Boulder after the war.

She worked for many years as an administrative assistant in the Speech Pathology Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder and then in the Engineering Department as the assistant to the Associate Dean before retiring in 1990. She moved to Carbondale, CO, and lived a wonderful period of renewal and love for the last twenty-five years of her life.

She will always be remembered by family, friends and those who cared for her in her last years for her warm, compassionate and loving nature. She took it upon herself to become an advocate for staff and other residents at Heritage. Margaret’s life engendered courage, clarity of purpose and the ability to sustain the effort to achieve. She imparted these qualities to her children and loved them all her life. Conversations with Marg were always informative and fun. Her favorite topics were golf, sports, politics and anything to do with history. It was an afternoon ritual to find her listening to books on tape. The topic was usually historical.

Margaret is survived by her four children: Larry (Judy) Ryan of Denver, CO, James Ryan of Basalt, Kathryn Ryan of Denver, CO, and Nancy (Brad) Zeigel of Carbondale, CO. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Jennifer Ryan, Amber (Mark Weiser), Trevor Ryan, Sean Ryan, Megan Babcock, Arick Zeigel and Alli Zeigel; and 3 great-grandchildren: Lily Weiser, Lucy Weiser and Wesley Babcock.

A celebration of Margie’s life will be held at the Village Smithy Restaurant in Carbondale, CO, on November 5th from 4-6 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colorado Talking Book Library online at or sent to 180 Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80226.

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