Mary C. (Perry) Ryan

January 10, 2017

Mary C. (Perry) Ryan

WOBURN – Mary C. (Perry) Ryan passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 10, after a brief illness.

Born in Lucknow, U.P., India on November 21, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Cyril and Evelyn (Philips) Perry.

Mrs. Ryan was a dedicated teacher in the Woburn Public School system for more than 30 years before retiring. She taught at St. Agnes Loreto School in Lucknow, U.P., India prior to arriving in the U.S. in 1971. Mary received her BA from Lucknow University and attained her teachers training certificate from St. Mary’s Teachers Training College in Allahabad, U.P., India. She also took numerous post-graduate courses in the United States.

She is survived by her husband, Charles C. Ryan of Woburn, her sons, Charles E. Ryan of Beverly, Mass. and Thomas S. Ryan of Woburn, her sister Joan Perry of Wakefield, Mass., and her granddaughter, Anika Ryan of Brookline, Mass. She also leaves behind her brothers James Perry, Anthony Perry, and sisters Gemma Lobo, Gertrude Lewis and Philomena Rodricks, all of Lucknow, U.P., India. She was also the sister of the late Maurice Perry and George Perry, both of Lucknow, U.P., India. Mrs. Ryan is also survived by nearly 100 nieces and nephews.

Mary was a devoted wife and mother and was always giving of herself to family and friends. She loved spending time with her granddaughter, gardening, cooking, scratching lottery tickets, visiting casinos in Connecticut, and “That singing show, I don’t know what it’s called, is it on? (“The Voice”)

Visiting hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home are Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at St. Charles Church in Woburn, followed by interment at Woodbrook Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or at


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  1. Charlie and Family,

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. My mom, Jeanne Durham-Foley, remarked to me many times how she enjoyed Mary’s company and appreciated her caring nature. My thoughts are with you.

    Ron Durham

  2. Charlie and Family,
    Jit and I offer our deepest condolance. Mary was a great friend, always, smiling and humerous. She will be missed very much.
    God will keep her close by, since she was always close to Him as long as she lived.
    With love,
    Indira and Jit

  3. R I P Mary Iwill miss you I willalways remember your warm smile and you always made me welcome at all the Ryan famoly events

  4. So sorry for your loss. I worked with Mary at the Reeves Elementary before her transfer to the Wyman. All God’s blessings to your family.

    Lois Friedrich

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