Claire Flora (Ferland) Ryan, went into the arms of our Lord on December 9, 2020 at The Villages at Cedar Hill in Windsor, VT, after a period of declining health with her loving husband, Harry, by her side.
She was born on September 4, 1929, in North Troy, VT, the 4th child of Emery and Antoinette (Arel) Ferland. Claire attended St. Mary schools, and on October 2, 1948, she and Harry W. Ryan were married in the St. Mary Church in Claremont. Claire was a stay at home mom for her children and did child daycare for others. She also worked retail and waitressed. Claire and Harry resided in Claremont until 2003 when they moved into a new home in Charlestown. In Charlestown they were both very active in the Charlestown Senior Center and they attended the St. Catherine Church. They moved to the Villages at Cedar Hill in 2017 and continued to attend St. Catherine until it became too much for them.
Claire was a skilled seamstress and she loved to quilt, knit, and crochet. She knitted hundreds of caps for preemie babies for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital, and many family members and friends have quilts that she made for them. She and Harry spent many hours together making quilts in the basement of their home in Charlestown. One day she saw some Ukrainian decorated eggs and decided to learn to paint them. She made some beautiful eggs mostly self-taught and also taught others.
She was a loving wife and mother and in addition to the love of her life, Harry, she leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Linda Brown and her husband Earl of Murrells Inlet, SC, and her son William and his wife Cheryl of Claremont. She is also survived by three grandsons, Jeffrey Brown and Sue of Ellington, CT, Kipp Ryan and Tammy of Claremont and Tim Ryan and Stacey also of Claremont and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Simonne Wojtowicz, Henry Ferland, and Donald Ferland, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her brother Alfred and sisters Rolande St. Pierre, Rita Fleury, and Annette Tebo.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at the Villages at Cedar Hill who took such good care of her for the past three years.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Claire’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.
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