Ryan, Pamela Ann
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Aka Grammy Pammy. Pam was born on March 24, 1948 in Beach Grove, Indiana, the oldest of three children of Everett Edwin Thompson and Martha Ellen Thompson. The family moved to Arizona in 1958 and bought a home near 21st Ave and Northview which was in Maricopa County at that time. She attended Orangewood Grade School and Washington High School. While in high school she was selected FFA Sweetheart and competed in Arizona state gymnastics taking 4th in the balance beam. After college at Glendale Community College she worked at the Clerk of Superior Court's office where she met and subsequently married her husband James W. Ryan on August 25, 1972. She continued to work at the Clerk's office while Jim was finishing Law School. Pam was placed in charge of helping computerize the Clerk of Superior Courts office and served as a Supervisor for several years. Jim and Pam have two wonderful children, Timothy James ("TJ") Ryan and Kathryn Anne ("Katie") Ryan Goodall and four (4) wonderful grandchildren, Ethan Goodall, Jack Ryan, Keegan Goodall and Sam Ryan. After their first child TJ was born in 1977 Pam became a full time domestic engineer devoting her life to her children and husband. Pam never missed a school event for her children and often served as home room Mom or as Brownie or Cub Scout leader. She was always there for her children to guide and protect them. She also became very active in charity work. She helped create a live Bethlehem Village for her Church's annual Christmas event known as "Christmas at First". She was in the National Charity League with her daughter. She was very active in the Junior League of Phoenix. She served as President of the Maricopa Bar Auxiliary helping the County Bar Association provide educational programs on the Law in grade schools. She was active in The P.E.O. Sisterhood and was very active in and served as the President of the Arizona Historical League. She always cared for people, whether she knew them or not, as evidenced by the years that she sent care packages to our soldiers overseas as a participant in the "Soldier's Angels" program. After the children were in school full time, she learned to play golf to be able to join her husband on the golf course. Like everything she put her mind to, she became a talented golfer. Always a leader, she became President of the Moon Valley Women's Golf Association and in later years was President of the Phoenix Country Club's Women's Golf Association. She was also active in the White Mountain Women's Golf Association. On November 10th, 2012, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic cancer. She was given 3 weeks or a month to live. She refused to accept that verdict so with the help of friends, she found a clinical trial being conducted by TGen in coordination with the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Treatment Center under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Van Hoff. With TGen's help, she fought the cancer "beast" for nearly 18 months and was a role model for anyone suffering from cancer. In the midst of her fight with pancreatic cancer, Pam joined her good friends to play in the White Mountain Country Club ladies golf tournament. On June 13, 2013, Pam hit her first hole-in-one on hole #12, winning $10,000. It was a very special day for Pammy. She passed away peacefully on April 30, 2014 at 10:40 am with her family by her side in her home. She is also survived by her sister Jan Girard and brother Gary Thompson, sisters-in law Jude Ryan, Kay Krause and Carol Thompson as well as many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.
Pam's Memorial Service will be held at First Christian Church, 6750 North 7th Ave, Phoenix Az on Saturday morning May 10th at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations either to the TGen Foundation specifically to fund research seeking methods for early detection of pancreatic cancers, or to the
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 4, 2014