Shelley Ryan

Ryan Shelley Ryan was born into the spiritual world on Wednesday, June 12 at 4:30 a.m. as the birds began their morning serenade. Shelley was with her daughters, Sarah and Katurah, her husband, David and faithful and protective dog, Gizmo. Everyone that knew Shelley, loved her. In addition to her children and husband, Shelley is survived by a son-in-law, Gavin (Sarah); and five siblings Fay, Patricia, Stephen, Jay and Michael. Shelley's entire life was dedicated to service of humanity through the medical and health professions. She was a Physician Assistant, Registered Dietician, ASPO Certified Lamaze Instructor, Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner, as well as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador. In those capacities, she served in Minnesota, and Ohio, as well as Nahuizalco, El Salvador and Mineros, Bolivia. Shelley managed a Mobile Health Unit for migrant workers, taught HIV prevention, trained nurses, taught Lamaze to women in prison and teenagers, worked in women's health research, provided clinical support for Oncology, Hemophilia and Blood Disorders at the OSU James Cancer Hospital. Shelley was a very active in her Baha'i Faith and served her communities as an elected member of the Local Spiritual Assemblies of Mankato, St. Cloud, and Falcon Heights in Minnesota, Nahuizalco in El Salvador, Mineros in Bolivia, Springfield in Virginia and Upper Arlington in Ohio. Shelley quietly practiced and lived by the tenants of her Baha'i faith, including the oneness of mankind, equality of men and women, and universal education as a human right. She was known by all as an extraordinarily kind and supportive woman. After eleven years as a breast cancer survivor, Shelley lost her defiant fight. She refused to be defined by the disease. Shelley was a beloved member of the Hat Shop Ladies, a breast cancer support group, who provided boundless support and expertise. She was an avid participant in every Pelotonia and was registered for this year's event as a Virtual Rider. Her daughters will ride for her this year. Your prayers and thoughts are deeply appreciated. Shelley wished that her friends and colleagues make contributions to the humanitarian or research fund of their choice in her honor, rather than to send flowers. A memorial service to honor Shelley will be held and details may be obtained at

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 23, 2013