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Maureen Elizabeth Ryan Gawne
Birth: Dec. 19, 1929
Highland Park
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 2010
Pima County
Arizona, USA

[Cherie J. created this memorial at the request and endorsement of Maureen Gawne's son, family historian Bill Gawne.]

Maureen Elizabeth Ryan Gawne was born December 19, 1929 in Highland Park, Wayne County, Michigan, USA. Her parents were James "Jimmy" Ryan [He had no middle name, per Maureen herself] (1890-1948) and Catherine Josephine "Katie" Lowney (1892-1974). On January 5, 1930 she was Christened at St. Benedict's Church, Highland Park, Wayne, Michigan. She was Baptized Mary Elizabeth. Her mother called her Maureen--the Irish word for Mary. Maureen legally changed her name to Maureen on March 7 1951, in the probate court of Wayne County, Michigan; the family surname is Ryan (without the "O'"). Maureen added the O' herself when she changed her first name.

She was the only child of James and Catherine Ryan. She grew up surrounded by her many first cousins in Detroit's Irish-Catholic community. Maureen loved it when her parents and aunts and uncles told her stories about their lives and about the Old Ones (as she called it) in Ireland. Throughout her life, Maureen loved telling her family and friends these wonderful stories. Her memory of them was phenomenal. Maureen had a "photographic" recollection of the genealogy and stories told her by her parents, aunts and uncles. She was dearly devoted to her family, her Irish ancestry and her friends.
According to the 1930 US Federal Census, in 1930 the family was living at 33 Tyler Ave., Highland Park, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Household members included:
Household Members: Name Age James Ryan 39; Katherine Ryan 37; Maureen Ryan; Nellie Sullivan 27; Patrick Ryan 26; Peter Ryan 23; Frank Scully 32; Leo Conway 28; and Leo Schonning 23.

The following is an email exchange between family historian Bill Gawne and Cherie Jameison.

Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 07:14:18 -0400

CHERIE: Looking at that [1930] census, it touches me to think that there they all were, dining together--your grandfather James Ryan, your grandmother Catherine Lowney Ryan, their daughter (your mother) Maureen Elizabeth Ryan, James' brothers Patrick and Peter Ryan, and cousin Nell Sullivan. And as they're sitting at the table taking their meals, there would be your mother-a precious little girl less than a year old, the darling of her family. How they must have adored her and made a fuss over her!

BILL: Talking about my grandmother's dining room table... let me tell you about that table. The last time I saw it was last summer. It's in my aunt Marnie's dining room now, in Windsor. (Marnie is my father's only sister.) My grandmother gave it to Marnie when the old house was sold in 1969, and my mother took it across the Detroit river via a couple of station wagon loads. It's a big mahogany thing that can, with all the leaves installed, seat twelve for dinner. Many's the time I've sat at it myself.

After graduation from Marygrove Catholic Women's College, Maureen worked as a school teacher for many years in Detroit and Tucson. She married Charles Earl Gawne of Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1954, and they moved to Tucson in 1960. They were blessed with nine children. Earl pre-deceased Maureen in 1978. Maureen subsequently wed Celestino Ybarra of Tucson, who also pre-deceased her.

Maureen sang beautifully. She particularly enjoyed Irish songs. When she was a girl, she learned Irish step-dancing and won competitions. In later years she worked diligently on behalf of social justice and for equal education opportunities for all people.

She was deeply spiritual and religious. One of her favorite organizations was the Father Solanus League. Maureen, her parents and some of her aunts and uncles had known Father Solanus personally, and Father Solanus had helped heal her of an injury. She loved to introduce others to the Father Solanus League and gave them holy cards from the League. She prayed devoutly and, in all matters, sought to discern God's Will.

Her sense of humor was keen, and she loved jokes and puns.
She enjoyed talking about "girlie things." And she loved helping her family and friends. She and her "prayer partner" (Cherie J., whom she'd sometimes call "Alana") prayed together as well as individually for those on their prayer lists. She gave exercise dvd's to her family and friends. And when someone she loved needed help, she made sure they got it.

In her later years she also focused on what she called "Ingathering." By this she meant locating family and friends she had known through her life and learning what became of them and their descendants. What a joy it was when she learned that someone was still alive! She loved contacting them and renewing their relationship. To Maureen, such "Ingathering" was gathering her loved ones together into One Family.

She delighted in telling how one of her relatives--Sr. Mary Eileen Coady--from 1941-1947 was the Superintendent of St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson and Superior of the Sisters there.

On the evening of December 17, 2010, Maureen Elizabeth Ryan Gawne peacefully passed away in St. Mary's Hospital, surrounded by her family.
Family links: 
  James Ryan (1890 - 1948)
  Catherine Josephine Lowney Ryan (1892 - 1974)
  Charles Earl Gawne (1930 - 1978)
DEC 19 1929
DEC 17 2010
Holy Hope Cemetery & Mausoleum
Pima County
Arizona, USA
Plot: Section 3NA, Block Pedestal, Row 20, Space 53
Created by: Cherie J.
Record added: Apr 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68289759
Maureen Elizabeth <i>Ryan</i> Gawne
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Happy Birthday, Great Lady Maureen. You are always God's Grace in our lives now and forever. Love always, Cherie
- Cherie J.
 Added: Dec. 17, 2013
Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2013. Happy Green Day! as you used to say to me! How often we'd talk about how your mother and my mother both were born March 17th, and that my parents were married March 17th.
- Cherie J.
 Added: Mar. 17, 2013
Happy Birthday! You are forever a blessing.
- Cherie J.
 Added: Dec. 19, 2012
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