In Loving

Diana Jo Ryan

June 10, 1943 – September 13, 2023

Diana Jo Ryan, 80, of Louisa, VA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 13th, 2023 surrounded by the love of her immediate family.

Diana was born on June 10th, 1943 to Lois and Jim Scott of Belleville, Kansas. She graduated from high school in Norfolk, Nebraska and from Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas. In 1976 she completed a Nursing Degree with honors from Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas. Becoming a registered nurse and helping others was one of her most earnest goals.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased in death by her beloved grandson, Ryan Halverson, who died tragically at the age of 13.

Survivors include her loving husband of 55 years, Robert; daughter, Kelly Holliday (Steve) of Louisa, VA, daughter, Cindy Barber (Martin) of Fairfax, VA; sister, Beverly Boulger (Hugh) of Reliance, TN; and brother, G. E. Scott (Dorinda) of Poteau, Ok. She loved being Grandmother Diana to grandsons Jacob, Joe and Joshua Barber and to granddaughter Katie Halverson. Updated pictures of her grandchildren at Christmas time was the best present she could ask for.

Her extended family included sisters-in-law, Kitty Berkstresser (Gordon) of Wexford, PA, Karen Humbert (Lee) of Gilbert, AZ; brothers-in law, Terry Ryan (Marivel) of Liberty Hill, TX and Tim Ryan (Kathy) of Colorado Springs, CO.

As a Registered Nurse, Diana worked for the Panama Canal Company leper colony (Palo Seco) for 2 years. Diana was chosen to turn over the keys of the colony to Panamanian control, October 1979, once the Panama Canal treaty was enacted. She then spent 1 year with the City of Alexandria, VA in conjunction with the police department, dispensing methadone treatments to recovering drug patients. During that same time, she also worked part-time as the night infirmary Nurse at Marymount College, in Arlington, VA. She spent her final 16 years of Nursing with the American Red Cross, licensed in Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. She later served the Red Cross in Michigan & Ohio.

Diana loved little children, knitting baby blankets, bright flowers, bridge architecture, and our Native Americans. Her love of geography and travel took her to visit 47 foreign countries and to reside in New Zealand and Panama for 3 years each.  Other countries included Australia, Russia, England, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Argentina, Italy, France and so many more.

The family moved over 11 times, as the result of her husband’s 22 years of military duty, plus time with Ross Perot’s company and lastly with IBM. Often, these moves were announced with very short notice and Diana was the cornerstone of every move. She oversaw proper schooling for her daughters, a new church to attend, beginning new family friendships for all and looked for volunteer opportunities.

Diana experienced a number of medical set-backs but her faith in our Lord, her resolute strength, plus the care of many skilled and caring doctors and medical staff, enabled her to overcome them.  Dr’s Kurtis Elward and James Boyer were especially caring and aided her immensely with loving care as she faced a terrible cancer identified in July 2022, the effects of which she could not overcome.  She went to be with her Lord, in the early morning hours of September 13th, 2023.

A Celebration of her Life, will be held at 11AM, on Saturday, September 23rd at Macedonia Global Methodist Church, 17 Byrd Mill Road, Louisa, VA.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the Macedonia Global Methodist church’s building fund and sent in care to Macedonia’s Council President, Delmayne Carter at the church’s address listed earlier.

Celebration of Life


Macedonia Global Methodist Church

17 Byrd Mill Road, Louisa, VA


Saturday, September 23, 2023



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