Roberta Mae Ryan, 73, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away May 15, 2007. Survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Jerry E. Ryan; children, Debbie (Neil) Nelson, Kenny (Debra) Ryan and Don Ryan; sisters, Barbara (Ben) Crossno and Patty (Joe) Davis; grandchildren, Erik Nelson, Keri Nelson, Kevin (Nicole) Powell, Kelly (Mellissa) Peter, Katrina Peter, Sarah Ryan and Summer Ryan; two great-grandchildren; cousin, Richard MacIndoe; numerous nieces and nephews. Roberta was born January 3, 1934, in Pueblo, Colo. to Willard and Bessie Blackwelder. She was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and participated in the church bell choir. She was also a member of O.E.S. No. 7 and Rainbows for Girls. Roberta was a special lady, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and mother to all in the community. She was the manager of Lake Avenue Dairy Queen for many years and worked for State of Colorado Vocational Rehabilitation. Roberta fought a courageous battle with cancer for several years. At her request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2007, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 85 Stanford, with the Rev. Larry Paulson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Sange de Cristo Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Jerry,

    I was very sad to hear of Roberta’s passing, she was a very pleasant & wonderful lady.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Rhinehart

  2. Roberta has been a very special friend to me since we were in grade school. Even though we did not live close after high school, we remained good friends over the years.

    I will miss her cheerful voice and encouraging phone calls and letters.

  3. Roberta was my Administrative Assistant at Colorado DVR for many years. Together we provided services for blind and visually impaired adults. Roberta had great compassion and insight for the population that we served. She was such a hard worker and took care of all the details which made it possible for me to be out working with clients. She was truly the “wind beneath my wings.” One year ago this month, Roberta was recognized at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver as a Colorado State Employee of the Year. I will miss her friendship as will many blind and visually impaired citizens in Pueblo and the Arkansas Valley.

  4. My deepest sympathies.
    I was Roberta’s surgeon, and knew her many years, We will all miss her.
    Paul Radway

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