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Patricia Ryon Irvin


1941 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Patricia Ryon Irvin Obituary

Patricia Irene Ryon Wenzel Irvin, 72, died on Sunday, September 15, 2013, after suffering an accidental head injury. She also had been waging a courageous battle with breast cancer for the past two years.

She was born on May 31, 1941, in Washington, DC, to the late Paul Leo Ryon and Irene (Schenk) Ryon.

Pat is survived by her children, Susan J. Wenzel of Remington, and Donald "Joel" Wenzel and his wife, Shanda Wenzel, of Luray; step-sons Richard L. Irvin of Manassas, James Dennis "J.D." Irvin, Jr. and his wife, Jessie of Manassas, , and Brian D. Irvin and his fiancée, Jackie Johnson Rice of Colonial Beach; grandson, McKinley "Mac" Wenzel of Luray, step-grandsons, John Mauck and Zachary Mauck of Luray, step-granddaughter, Jennifer Fraijo of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and great-grandchildren, Cort Ryon Wenzel, Arabella Fisher and Gabriel Martinez. Other survivors are siblings, Pamela Ryon Entsminger of Warrenton, , and Michael Ryon, his wife, Ann Ryon, and their son, Connery Ryon of Warrenton, and in-laws, Mary Echols of Orange, Virginia, Carolyn Grand of Cumming, Georgia, Martha "Sue" Petterson of Three Oaks, Michigan, Paul M. Irvin, Jr. of Unionville, Virginia, and John "Mickey" Irvin of Manassas,; and many nieces and nephews.

Last November, she was preceded in death by her husband of almost 29 years, James Dennis Irvin, Sr. Also preceding her in death were her parents, a sister, Barbara Jean Ryon, and nephew, Justin Paul Ryon.

Pat grew up in Keyser, West Virginia, where she attended Keyser High School. In 1959, she met and married Donald Wenzel, who was in the Navy, and they had two children. They eventually settled in Remington where Pat worked for seven years for W.E. Ritchie & Sons in Remington. After moving out of the area for several years, she returned and married Dennis Irvin, and resided again in Remington. During this time, she worked as a Business Manager at George Mason University, where she retired after 30 years of service. Pat was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Remington, VA.

She took great pleasure in traveling with her husband, Dennis, and their many long-time friends. Their travels included visiting family and friends in various parts of the United States, including Bethany Beach, St. Simon's Island, Las Vegas, Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Greece, Mexico, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, and cruising to the Caribbean.

Pat will be long remembered for her passion of people. She never met a stranger, and made instant friends everywhere she went. Her greatest joy was attending any social function where she could be with family and friends. Her "Pollyanna" bright positive spirit, warm smile and fun attitude made people gravitate to her. She loved unconditionally and always wanted the best for everyone. Pat enjoyed butterflies, angels, taking pictures, creating and maintaining three family websites, staying in touch on Facebook, and creating personalized cards on her computer. Her greatest pride was being a Mother, Nana, Sissy, Cousin and Friend. Pat was a proud conservative, used Mary Kay products for 54 years, and enjoyed "Patty's patio" at her home, disco music, LifeTime movies, and her dog, Zoe.

The family received friends on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Moser Funeral Home, 233 Broadview Ave, Warrenton, VA where services were held on Monday, September 23 at 11 AM with Rev. Nancy Betz officiating. Interment followed at Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas.
The family would like to thank the Cancer Center at Lake Manassas, and Dr. Jorge Minera of Warrenton for their care.

Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Published in Mineral Daily News-Tribune from Sept. 21 to Sept. 30, 2013
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