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Martha Jane Ryan
Birth: Apr. 3, 1945
Haverhill
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 8, 2004
Methuen
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Martha was the daughter of Walter A. and Adele L. (Patterson) Ryan. She grew up in Haverhill, Mass in a middle class working family. Throughout her life my aunt fought back against mental illness. When she was in elementary school the principle spoke with her parents. Teachers at school were seeing abnormalities in her behavior. It was recommended that she see a psychologist to be evaluated. My grandparents wanted no part of that. They felt Martha was fine. This was during the 1950s in which there was a tabu staging the mentally ill. When she approached adolescence Martha began having severe panic and anxiety attacks. This was a precursor to a severe and chronic mental illness. In 1968 she was married at St. John the Baptist church in Haverhill. In the beginning her marriage went well. One night when she was about 9 months pregnant with her first child her husband physically attacked her causing her to loose the baby. She named the baby Matthew Jude. At the time the Beatles had a popular song out called "Hey Jude". In the years after In the years after she lost Matthew she had three other children; Catherine S., Michael P. and Luke R. By the time her children were born my aunt's drinking was out of control. One of the reasons why she drank was to self medicate herself. Her husband's way of dealing with my aunts problems was to beat her. Dragging her by the hair, breaking her nose and jaw. Growing up I remember seeing my aunt with black eyes.
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 Parents:
  Walter Austin Ryan (1913 - 1966)
  Adele Louise (Patterson) Ryan, LPN (1914 - 1999)
 
 Children:
  Matthew Jude Meredith (1969 - 1969)*
 
 Sibling:
  Sheila Ruth Ryan Hatch (1939 - 2012)*
  Martha Jane Ryan (1945 - 2004)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Martha's ashes are buried above her parent's and son (Matthew) burial spot. Some of her sister Sheila's ashes are also buried near Martha's.
 
Burial:
Riverview Cemetery
Groveland
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 25, 2005
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A beautiful and courageous lady who is now safe in the arms of Jesus Rest In Eternal Peace
-Anonymous
 Added: Jul. 5, 2014
Poor lady, sad story, sad life.
- Green Hobbit
 Added: Jul. 3, 2014

- Joyce
 Added: Jul. 3, 2014
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