Judith A. Ryan-Johnson, 65

July 25, 2009

OCT. 27, 1943-JULY 23, 2009

Judith Ann Ryan-Johnson (formerly Sutherland), age 65, of Hagerstown, was taken from us before her time on Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.

Born Oct. 27, 1943, in Columbia, S.C., she was the daughter of Esther Mae (Cunningham) Ryan of Sandy Springs, Md., and the late Harold E. "Pat" Ryan.

Her life was dedicated to caring for others; from being charge nurse in the NICU at John Hopkins Hospital in the early 80s to then follow a calling to minister to the sick at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lexington Park, Md., while attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa. Later, she moved to Hagerstown, Md., and continued nursing while attending Haven Lutheran Church, until she became ill in 2008.


Surviving in addition to her mother are children, Karen L. Sutherland and companion Jamie Elliott of New Windsor, Md., Tracey B. Celi and husband Scott of Frederick, Md., Brian K. Johnson and companion Melanie Spaethe of Lusby, Md., and David A. Johnson and wife Becca of Hawaii; grandchildren, Chase, Sarah and Collin Hixson, Tyler Elliott, Alexandra, Rachel and Megan Celi, and Jacob, Riley and Caitlin Mae Johnson; siblings, Dennis A. Ryan of Fredericksburg, Va., Bruce A. Ryan and Michael R. Ryan, both of Reisterstown, Md., William E. Ryan of Hollywood, Md., Kathleen Ryan-Lucero of N.M., Patricia R. Morrill of Gettysburg, Pa., Donna L. Ryan-Ruprecht of Rockville, Md., Kevin J. Ryan of Va., Elizabeth Ryan-Drewyer of Alexandria, Va., and Phyllis Ryan-Scully of Wilmington, Del.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2009, at St. Luke's (Winters) Lutheran Church, Md. 75, 701 Green Valley Road, New Windsor, Md., with the Rev. Anne C. Durboraw, the Rev. Linda Alessandri and her brother-in-law, funeral celebrant John C. Morrill, co-officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service and immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alliance for Lupus Research, 28 W. 44th St., Suite 501, New York, N.Y., 10036,

Arrangements are by the Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home in Westminster, Md.

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