Ryan, Rita A.

August 27th, 2011
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Rita A. (Murphy) Ryan, age 88, a life-long resident of Lynn, died peacefully on Saturday, August 27, 2011.   Rita was born and raised in Lynn, she graduated from Lynn English High School and went on to further her education in business at  Burdett College. Rita was an communicant of St. Joseph’s  Parish and an active member of the Ladies Sodality for many years.  Rita was the devoted mother of six children, three sets of twins and was an active member of the “Mother of Twins” club in Lynn.  Rita was employed as a service representative for New England Telephone Company for many years and was the Unit Secretary in the pediatrics unit at Lynn Hospital prior to retiring.

Rita enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Rita was the devoted mother of Elizabeth McMahon & her husband Joseph, John Ryan & his wife Maureen all of Wilmington, James Ryan & his wife Lorri of Saugus, Joseph Ryan & his wife Margaret, and William Ryan all of Lynn, and Mary Gerling & her husband Brian of Shawnee Mission, KS, loving “Nana” of Colleen & Erin McMahon, Emily & Mary Catherine Gerling, Kaileen Ryan, Meghan & Kerry Ryan, and Billy Ryan, daughter of the late Thomas & Elizabeth (Kane) Murphy, sister of James Murphy of North Andover, and the late Thomas Murphy, Mary Murphy, Margaret Bartel, and Sister Anna Louise Murphy.  Rita is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, August 31st at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorial donations in Rita’s name may be made to the Woburn Nursing Center, 18 Francis St., Woburn, MA 01801.  


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Ryan, Rita A.”

  1. Cheryl NcShane says:

    Jim, so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

  2. Melissa Scott says:

    Dear Jim,
    We are sorry for your family’s loss. God’s peace.
    Melissa Scott and Family

  3. Jeff McCusker says:


    Sorry to hear about your loss to you and your family.

    Jeff M.

  4. Mal Allard says:

    I will never forget “Rita Ryan”; her wit and sense of humor – remarkable! It was my pleasure to know her and help care for her. Thank you for sharing your mother with us; it was a pleasure. God’s peace to you. Mal WNC

  5. Roy & Julie Sutton says:

    Jim – our condolences to you, your brothers and sisters. Ms. Rita was quite the character who could always make me laugh when she saw the twins stressing me out with stories of you all growing up. So thankful we had the opportunity to know her. I’m sure she’s happy to be with your Aunt Mary again; may she rest in peace.
    - Julie & Dan

  6. Stephen Brewer Jr says:

    Rita will be missed. Such a special person and always great to me. God Bless

  7. Lynne (Bryant) Henry says:

    Dear Liz and Family,

    I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I have so many Happy Memories of growing up and going over your house. She was an amazing person.
    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.


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