Aretter Ryans Baylor, affectionally known as “Retter” was born March 14, 1961 to William Louis Ryans, Sr. and Gertrude Janette Ryans. She transitioned from LABOR to REWARD on May 16, 2019. She served as a faithful member of Chosen Generation Ministries until the passing of Bishop Arlene Taylor and the church closed. Aretter recently joined Soul Saving Ministries, in Ridgely, Maryland under the leadership of Pastor Sandra Moore.
Retter received her formal education from the Queen Annes County Public System graduating with the class of 1980. She also attended the National School of Theology and received a degree of Diploma in Biblical Studies in 2012.
Aretter worked for various companies over the years which included, Tidewater Publishing Company, Fisherman’s Inn, Crab Deck, Harris’s Seafood Restaurant, Best Western, Safeway, and she remained employed as a private bus contractor for the Queen Annes County Board of Education as The “Best Bus Driver” on this side of heaven, until her health would no longer allow her to fulfill her duties.
Retter loved spending time with her family and friends, gardening, cooking, going to the casinos, watching her favorite football team “The Baltimore Ravens” and collecting trolls. Her favorite television shows were Gun Smoke, I love lucy and any Madea movie.
Aretter will always be remember for her strength, her compassion, her laugh, and her love for her family and friends. But most of all, for a great woman of faith, and the passion for God and his people. She shared her loving heart, helping hands and unconditional love to everyone she encountered. To know her was to love her.
Retter was preceded in death by her loving husband, James Baylor (Rabbit); her paternal grandparents Louis and Aretter Ryans; maternal grandparents, Jack and Gertrude Gross; 4 sisters: Jean, Pearl, and Joan Ryans and JoAnn Coleman; and one brother, Larry Cooper.
Aretter leaves to cherish her memories her loving parents, William and Gertrude Ryans; her son; Robert Lee Butler, Sr.; 2 daughters: Natalie Ann Baynard and Jeanette Eleanor Waters; a very special niece who she raised as her daughter Charnise Lynette Ryans; 9 grandchildren: Travon, Renijah, Robert Jr, Allen, Jaleel, Melki, Kaleya, Cal’ee and Mia; One great-nephew who she raised as her grandson, Wayne Reed Jr.,; one great-niece who she raised as her grand-daughter, Jada Justice; 6 sisters: Deborah Cheers (Gregory), Jane Johns (Kevin), Iris Ryans, Cheryl Ryans, Judy Johnson, and Angel Cooper; 2 brothers: William Ryans, Jr. (Caroletta) and Brandon Cooper (Shakyra); 3 uncles: Frederick Ryans (Ruth), Robert Ryans (Connie) and Lawrence Ryans (Marchelle); one aunt, Diana Ryans and a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins, other relatives and friends. Three special people who she loved as her own: Tiana Turner, Jawann Green, and Jerome Harris; 2 special friends whom she shared Forty-five years of friendship with, Nita Mills and Shonte Carpenter.