Isabel Faye Ryan, 77, of North Raleigh, NC, passed away on Thursday at Rex Hospital.

She was born in Plevna, Montana to John and Margaret McPhee.

She attended St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas where she received a degree in Home Economics. After college she returned to Montana where she worked as a State School Lunch Supervisor. She later went on to get a Masters in Nutrition from Bridgeport University in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

While visiting a sister in Utah she met Philip John Ryan. In 1960 they married in Helena, Montana and this past June they celebrated 53 wonderful years together. She and Phil started their family in Utah. They relocated to Wilton, Connecticut in 1967.

In addition to raising her family, Isabel worked as Head of the Dietary Department at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. Phil and Isabel moved to France in 1984 where they spent five glorious years. Upon their return to the United States they relocated to Raleigh.

Isabel was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, Aunt and friend. She loved to entertain, travel, play bridge, walk, do water aerobics, and spend time with her family. She is survived by her loving husband, Philip John Ryan; her son, Dr. Timothy Ryan, and his wife, Brenda, of Marshall, Missouri; her daughter, Cathleen Ryan Reneer, and her husband, Jeffery, of Milford, Connecticut; and her daughter, Maureen Ryan Lind, and her husband, John, of Bridgeport, Connecticut; her grandchildren Mark and Nicole Ryan of Sutton, Massachusetts; her sisters, Sue McPhee and Sharon Thurston of Raleigh, her brother, Jim McPhee, and his wife, Francie, of Flagstaff, Arizona; her brother, Tom Rygg, and his wife, Jackie of Havre, Montana; her sister, Carol, and her husband, Jim Williams, of Helena, Montana; her brother, Mike Rygg, and his wife, Jeanie, of Denver, Colorado; and her brother, Ray Rygg, of Helena, Montana; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sisters, Patricia and Nona, and her parents.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at the Intensive Care Unit at Rex Hospital.

A mass was held on Monday, July 22, at the Chapel at Saint Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church at 5801 Falls of the Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. On Tuesday, July 23, 2013 there will be a visitation from 4-6 p.m. and a Memorial Service will follow at 6 p.m. at Renaissance Funeral Home at 7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC  27615.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Mary’s College, 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, KS  66048-5082. Arrangements by Renaissance Funeral Home, rfhr.com.