“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
Ellen Beatrice Ryans known fondly to many as “Hippie” passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Caroline Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Denton, MD She was 80 years old. Ellen was born March 30, 1939 to the late Gilbert M. Nixon Sr. and Julia Murray Nixon. Ellen received Christ into her life at an early age and was a member of Scott’s United Methodist Church. She served as a faithful member until moving to Denton, MD where she then attended Metropolitan United Methodist Church.
Ellen was educated in Talbot County Public Schools. She worked various jobs to include Esskay and ConAgra poultry plants; substitute bus driver for her brother, Roland Nixon and the late Wardell Brice and Taxi Driver for Sheldon Scott. Ellen also worked with Talbot County Public Schools at Easton High School as a Cafeteria Worker until her health began to fail.
Ellen enjoyed spending time with her family when they came to town; watching her Daytime Soap Operas, Game Shows, Court Shows and the local news. She lived her life to the fullest.
Ellen was preceded in death by both parents, her husband, Preston O. Ryans Jr., her son, Preston O. Ryans III, three sisters, Julia, Gladys, Emma, five brothers, William, Neremiah Sr., Gilbert Jr., Willard and Charles, three nieces, two nephews, two great nephews and three sisters in-law.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins”
Ellen leaves to live on through her memories, four daughters, Vanessa Ryans and Eunice Ryans of Denton, MD, Rebecca Ryans of Middletown, DE and Christine Bailey of Cambridge, MD; seven grandchildren, Aleisha, Amber, Tyrell, Shirelle, Monique, De’Andre and Larry Jr.; twelve great grandchildren; one brother, Roland Nixon (Debbie) of Williamsburg, MD; four sisters in-law, Florence Paramount of Philadelphia, PA, Margaret Brown of Grasonville, MD, Vickie Ryans of Centreville, MD and Gloria Taylor (Freddie) of Cordova, MD; Ms. Mary Lewis and Anna Wilson, who were like her sisters; a very special son, Kevin Smith, whom she faithfully kept in touch with and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, close friends and relatives.