Barbara Ann Ryan

June 23, 1942 — April 2, 2016

Barbara Ann RyanBarbara Ann Ryan, 73, passed away on April 2, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, after a four year battle with cancer. Barbara was born June 23, 1942, in Springfield, Missouri, to Roy and Helena Backsmeyer.

She graduated from Oconomowoc High School in Oconomowoc. There Barbara met the love of her life, Patrick J. Ryan, and on June 12, 1965, they were married. Family was very important to Barbara, and she took great pride in making a home for her family and everyone who visited.

Barbara and Patrick lived in many places throughout their life together, including Wisconsin, Texas, Arkansas, Illinois and Arizona. They moved to Mansfield, Texas, in 1979, where they became members of St. Jude Catholic Church. Barbara enjoyed entertaining family and friends, cooking, golfing, playing cards and taking great pride in her 11 grandchildren. Barbara was dearly loved by all who knew her and she will be deeply missed.

Barbara was survived by her husband of 50 years, Patrick J. Ryan of Mansfield; daughter, Megan Frizzell (husband Jason) of Colleyville, Texas; son, Michael H. Ryan (wife Deborah) of Colleyville, Texas; son, Patrick “Joey” Ryan (wife Kristin) of Dallas; sister, Mary Burnham (husband Gary) of New Berlin; grandchildren, Madeline, Olivia and Luke Frizzell, Sarah, Jake, Grace and Cade Ryan, and Whitney, Hannah, Grant and Will Ryan; along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 500 E. Dallas St., Mansfield, TX 76063, with a Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 11am that morning. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Mansfield.

Floral arrangements may be delivered to St. Jude Catholic Church. Those choosing to make donations in Barbara’s name instead may do so to the charity of choice.

Mansfield Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 817453-3009 or visit online at