Susan Ryan, 68 years old, died at home on June 12, 2018. Susan fully enjoyed seven years of life after undergoing surgery for advanced ovarian cancer in 2011. She was deeply grateful for the extraordinary care she received from Dr. Daniel Metzinger and his team at the University of Louisville over the years.
Susan was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1949 and after high school moved around the country a bit living in Florida, Arizona, San Francisco, and back to Florida where she married Edward J. Ryan M.D. They have been married for 38 years. When in Florida she returned to school completing a MA degree in Anthropology from the University of South Florida in Tampa. While in Florida Susan worked with migrant farm workers and re-established the Hillsborough County Community Cannery.
Susan and Ed moved to Louisville when she accepted a position managing the Refugee and Asylum ministries of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. She moved up within the organization to run Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the program which coordinated the emergency and refugee work of the denomination both national and international.
Susan had many interests and a broad network of friends in this community. She was a member of Amaranth, and the Page Turners Book Club of Floyds Knobs. Susan was a home brewer and member of FOSSILS (a brew club) where she was proud of getting credentialed to judge beer. Susans faith was central to her life. She served as choir director at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church and on the soup kitchen team. She was a member of Sacred Cross Church. One of her beloved spiritual exercises was the design and sewing of pastoral stoles and pulpit hangings. She loved to travel and between work and vacations visited 50 countries.
Susan knew her vote counted and wanted everyone to take their vote seriously. She served as a Democratic Precinct Chairperson, served on the Exec. Committee of the Floyd County Democratic Party and on the Executive Committee of the Democratic Womens Caucus. She was an active campaigner who loved to walk the neighborhoods of New Albany and Floyd County where over the years she has knocked on hundreds of doors.
Susan also wrote periodic Guest Editorials for The News and Tribune, always ready to share her opinions with others.
After her entry into Hospice Care Sacred Cross Church arranged a private service of Last Rites and Annointing for the journey for a small group of close friends. There will be no public service and her body will go the University of Louisville Medical School to advance the training of physicians.
Survivors include her husband Ed Ryan and brothers Scott and David Eisenegger in Tucson, Arizona.
Published on June 12, 2018