Valley Central Alumni Association
Anne Ryan Green
Karen Ryan, a resident of Newport, Rhode Island, formerly of Montgomery, New York and Newburgh, New York died on Saturday, February 9, 2008 peacefully at home.
Born on October 31, 1942 she was the daughter of Floyd B. Masterson and Dorothy (Burns) Masterson. Karen grew up in Newburgh, New York where she met and married John “Jack” Ryan on September 4, 1960. Together they purchased a large 18th century farmhouse on Borden Road in the Town of Montgomery where they raised their three children.
Karen was the proprietor of a small antique shop “Split Rail Antiques” and was later a co-owner of “The Wallkill River House” gift shop in Wallkill, New York. She occasionally worked for the Valley Central Schools in a variety of positions and was also involved in real estate.
Together Jack and Karen developed an interest in sailing and were members of the Chelsea Yacht Club. In 1998 they retired to Perry Street in Newport, Rhode Island where they enjoyed visiting the beach, socializing, and entertaining out of town family and friends. Karen enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, online games and a good book. She was a charter member of the Newport Orchid Society. Karen worked part time for the Preservation Society of Newport County for several years as a tour guide. An avid supporter of the Newport Art Museum she managed the museum store and enjoyed greeting visitors at the reception desk.
Karen is survived by her husband of 47 years Jack; three children: Anne Green and her husband Malcolm of Mississauga, Ontario, Michael Ryan and his wife Maria of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Kate Lyons and her husband Steve of Bloomingburg, New York; her grandsons: Benjamin, Nicholas and Timothy and her step grandchildren: Steven and Stephanie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport, and Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871 or a charity of your choice.
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