Judith (Cree) Ryan, 81, of Ogdensburg

Judith (Cree) Ryan, 81, of Ogdensburg, died on Monday January 30, 2023 at her home...
Judith (Cree) Ryan, 81, of Ogdensburg, died Monday January 30, 2023 at her home with her loving husband by her side.(funeral parlor)

OGDENSBURG, New York (WWNY) – A funeral service for Judith (Cree) Ryan, 81, of Ogdensburg, NY will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Notre Dame Church with Rev. James Shurtleff. The viewing will be on Friday 3 February 2023 from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm at the Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Ms Ryan died on Monday 30th January 2023 at her home with her loving husband by her side.

Judy is survived by her husband, Terrence W. Ryan of Ogdensburg; a daughter, Sara Ryan of Clarksville, TN, and a son, Garth Ryan and his wife Molly, of Ogdensburg, NY; her grandsons Richard (Sheila) Ryan of Fair Haven, NY, Eva Lazar (Captain Jay) Oles of Kansas City MO and Ian Lazar of Manlius, NY, Louie Salin of Potsdam, and Coby and Sloane Ryan of Ogdensburg, NY; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Judy is predeceased from a daughter, Carrie Ryan Lazar; her siblings Iona Arquiett, Eleanor Tulip and Agnes “Angie” R. Huse and two brothers, John Casey and Frank Casey. Judy was born on April 1, 1941 in Ogdensburg, NY to the late James F. Cree and Theresa Cook. She graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1959 and earned her Register Nursing Diploma from St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in 1965. Judy married Terrence Ryan on February 23, 1963 at Assumption Church in Syracuse, NY. Judy worked as a registered nurse at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. In 1970 she joined Canton ATC as a nursing professor, where she worked for 18 years. She later attended Syracuse University and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1973 and her Nurse Practitioner Certificate in 1976. In 1978 she graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Master of Education in General Studies. In 1986, she returned to Syracuse University to earn her master’s degree in nursing. She became Associate Director of Nursing at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in 1998 and Director of Nursing at Binghamton Psychiatric Center in 1992, retiring in 1996. She later served as the Nursing Program Director at Canton ATC and as the Director of Women’s Health Services at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. Her most recent position was director at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home.

Judy enjoyed boating on the St. Lawrence River and sewing. She was very proud of her Native American heritage. She was a board member of the Fort de La Presentation Association and has been a member since 2000. She was also their representative at the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce and received the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award in 2019. For many years it was a Eucharistic celebration in the church of Notre Dame. She had a deep sense of community and enjoyed volunteering. She was a member of the Forsythe Rifles, the Zonta Organization, the Kiwanis Club, the Red Hat Society, and had a keen interest in women’s health.

Donations can be made in Judith’s memory to the Fort de La Presentation Association, PO Box 1749, Ogdensburg, NY 13669, https://fort1749.org/donate/. Online condolences can be submitted at www.fraryfuneralhome.com.

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