Aretta Jewell Ryan, 88 years old long-time resident of Essington, PA passed away November 6th 2022 at home from a lengthy illness. Aretta was born December 19,1933, in Georgetown, Delaware. She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Thomas A. Ryan
Survivors: She is survived by her brother Frank Jewell. Her five daughters Deanna Marvel, Debora Hilyard, Aretta Ryan, Esther Eppler, Karen Donahue and her 5 sons Timothy, Jeffrey, Keith, Kevin, Scott. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Mrs. Ryan, “Mom” as many called her enjoyed being involved in many activities of her children and grandchildren. From coaching Girls Softball to helping to design and create costumes and sets for the school play.
Besides her husband and children, Aretta loved music. She could play the guitar and banjo and enjoyed singing Country music and hymns.
Visitation: Thursday, November 10, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a brief service at 11 a.m. at Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074.
Burial: Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple, PA.
Contributions: ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org/donate