Shirley Ryan
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Shirley Ryan
  • March 31, 1927 - November 5, 2017
  • Sanford, Florida

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Shirley Ryan, 90, passed away on November 5, 2017 in Sanford, Florida. She was born on March 31, 1927 in Hueytown, Alabama to Marvin and Eunice Cason. Throughout her life Shirley found her greatest joy in music and singing. She loved performing and said she was "always the happiest when the music is playing".



Shirley is pre-deceased by her husband of 56 years Billy B. Ryan Sr., her son Billy B. Ryan Jr. and sisters Marian (Suggie) Cason and Wilma Cason Parks. She leaves behind her sons Ronald L. Ryan (Lori) and Richard C. Ryan, her grandchildren Melissa Ryan Worth, Amanda Ryan Kirkland, Cason Ryan and Gregory Ryan along with her sisters Mary Lou Cason Hood and Flo Cason Brown (Larry). Shirley also leaves behind her 9 great-grandchildren, her fiance of 10 years Peter Durante and many other family members and friends who will miss her dearly.



A visitation will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel in Sanford with a funeral service set to begin at 2:00pm. Following the funeral will be a graveside service to take place at Oaklawn Park Cemetery in Sanford.