Mary Lou Ryland

[img_assist|nid=53|title=|desc=|link=url|align=right|width=121|height=200]December 31, 1919
December 18, 2008

Mary Lou Ryland, daughter of Wayne and Bessie Alice (Hill) Turner, was born in Anthony, Kansas, December 31st, 1919 and departed this life, December 18, 2008, in Mulvane, KS at the age of 88.

She received her early education in Anthony Schools. At the age of 17, she went to beauty school in Wichita, KS. She owned and operated the Chat 'n' Curl beauty shop in Caldwell for over 50 years.

She was united in marriage to Verne F. Ryland, on December 25th, 1937. They lived in Caldwell for most of their married life.

To this union were born three children, Sandra Leight and her husband Ken of Post Falls, Idaho, John F. Ryland of San Francisco, California, Kenneth V. Ryland and his wife Patti of Mulvane, Kansas; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Prior and her husband Grant of Pasadena, CA., David Ryland of Clearwater, KS., Sarah Green and her husband Jeff of Kansas City, Mo., Daniel Ryland of Mulvane, KS.; five great grandchildren: Noelle, Aidan, Walker, Jaden and Ryland, many loving and caring friends.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the Caldwell United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Caldwell High School Alumni Association.


Sanda, John, Kenny and children, Little Mary Lou was a gift to those that knew her. I remember once when she made Joyce Washburn a dress and even though my mom, Perky, was a wonderful seamstress, I was heart broken. So Mary Lou made me a dress too! She had so many talents and was such fun to be around, I’ll never forget her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sandra, John and Ken, Your mother and my Aunt was a most special person that Our Dear Lord placed on this earth. In her lifetime she has touched so many peoples lives and made them feel special, no matter who they were. She never judged anyone for what they did in thier life or any of the mistakes they might have made. She was always there to listen and lend her best advice and lifetime knowledge too. My Dad, Frances Leo Turner, 2/14/1918 to 6/20/1991, talked about her ever since I can remember, of how their mother passed away when they were very young, my Dad was 4 and your Mom was 2. They grew up knowing what hard work was all about and how important it was to stick together as a family should. They are together again now and are reunited with their Mom,Dad, cousins, sister, etc. They all are enjoying all of the stories they have to tell each other and most if all I hope Aunt Mary Lou is telling my parents how myself and all my girls drove out to Caldwell to visit her a few years ago. She will be able to share with them the joy they gave her when we visited. My prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow and may your faith in the lord assist you at this time. Mary Lou Turner Ryland was preceaded in death by her husband, Verne F. Ryland, Louella "Jeanne" Turner Maynard(sister) and Frances Leo Turner (brother) and several cousins. May all of you that were touched in some way by my Aunt Mary Lou at one time in your life feel her presence this holiday season as that new special Angel sent from Heaven above to be with you when you are in need, because as far as I am concerned she was an "Angel on Earth" in all of her 88 years. I love you Aunt Mary Lou, Your niece, Jean

Dear Sandra, John, Ken, and family, Mary Lou Turner Ryland, my mother's dearest friend . . . Mary Lou Turner Ryland, whom I identify as my godmother to convey to others her significance to me . . . Mary Lou Turner Ryland is now "in all places": I AM IN ALL PLACES I am beholding through the eyes of all. I am working through all hands. I am walking through all feet. The brown, white, olive, yellow, red and black bodies are all mine. I am thinking with the minds of all, I am dreaming through all dreams, I am feeling through all feelings. The flowers of joy blooming on all heart-tracks are mine. I am eternal laughter. My smiles are dancing through all faces. I am the waves of enthusiasm in all God-tuned hearts. I am the wind of wisdom that dries the sighs and sorrows of all humanity. I am the silent joy of life moving through all beings. Paramahansa Yogananda. In life Mary Lou's smiles danced through the faces in her Chat and Curl mirror. Mary Lou's wisdom dried the sighs and sorrows of those who sat in her chair. Mary Lou brought me inestimable joy. I will be with you in spirit tomorrow as you gather in community to honor Mary Lou and celebrate her life. My focus tomorrow morning will be on Mary Lou's painting of Mt. Rainier. Blessings, Rosa Beth Rosie Li'l Sis

Mary Lou was a joy to have known. When I returned to Caldwell from college and joined the Heritage Arts Council, I met Mary Lou and felt an immediate connection. She had a great sense of humor and energy, and she always had a fun spirit about her. We shared an interest in the arts, both creating and enjoying. She took up her interest in painting late in life, as she said, but it was always a surprise to those viewing her work. What talent! I am priveleged to have many of her paintbrushes and think of her every time I use them.