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Sharon Lynn Ryan

Sharon Lynn Ryan, age 67, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2021, after a two-year battle with breast cancer.  Sharon was born April 28, 1953, in Roswell, NM to Alma Lynn & T.Z. McCullough. Their family of eight moved to Chandler, AZ when Sharon was two and she called Chandler her home for 65 years.  She was the middle of six children: Carol, Robert, Sharon, Marilyn, Terry, and David.  Sharon met her husband, Bill Ryan, in grade school and they started dating when they were 14 & 15 years old.  They were married in Chandler on March 15, 1975, at the Chandler United Methodist Church and started a life together in a small farmhouse on Arizona Ave in the spot where Bill’s real estate office now stands.

Sharon was a devoted wife and an amazing mother and grandmother.  She treasured her children and had the deepest love for Lisa, Jared, and Jeff.  She especially loved her role as a Mimi to her six grandchildren, Reese, Ryan, Ryder, Will, Tyson, and Alyssa.  Sharon had a dynamic personality that lit up a room and a contagious laugh that would brighten your day. Sharon loved spending time with her sisters, friends, and extended family.  Whether it was a trip to AJs for iced tea or an outing to the Hangar Cafe for biscuits and gravy, Sharon found joy in the simple pleasures of life.  She loved traveling and taking trips with her husband, Bill.  They visited Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Alaska, Canada, Panama, Costa Rica and took many trips to the beaches of San Diego and Rocky Point, Mexico.

Sharon was a woman of faith and devotion.  She loved the Lord with all her heart and one of her favorite verses was Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Sharon is survived by her husband, Bill Ryan, her children Lisa Ryan Whyte (Cory), Jared Ryan (Jessica) and Jeff Ryan, her sisters Carol Havins and Marilyn Chapman, her brother Robert McCullough, her six grandchildren Reese, Ryan, Ryder, Will, Tyson, and Alyssa plus her many nieces and nephews whom she loved so dearly.  Her brothers, Terry Zane & David Glen McCullough, and her parents, Alma and T.Z. McCullough preceded her in death.

Please join us in celebrating her life on Saturday, March 20th at 10:00 am at Crossroads Nazarene Church in Chandler at 2950 W. Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Crossroads Nazarene Church on her behalf.


  • Ulla Loeffler Posted March 18, 2021 3:51 PM

    There are special people
    In our lives .
    That never leaves us even
    after they are gone

  • Lisa Hegarty Posted March 18, 2021 8:43 PM

    Rest in eternal peace,Sharon. You will be sorely missed.

  • Ron & Chris Stevens Posted March 18, 2021 9:45 PM

    Oh, you have a new address, we’ll catch up with you there! (but we’ll miss you in the mean time)

  • Cecilia Shaver Posted March 19, 2021 8:27 AM

    It has been many years since our high school days. when Sharon and I were in each other’s lives. I remember well her joyful heart, and beautiful smile. I am sad for the hole that is left in her families lives. I am sending prayers for all left behind, that the great love and joy she gave will fill your hearts during this very difficult and sad time. Blessings to the Ryan family. Cecilia Shaver/Cecil Ferguson

  • Phil and Lori Posted March 19, 2021 10:50 AM

    Sharon was such a bright light in our lives and touched our hearts as only she could. It’s hard to imagine a world without her but she’ll live on in our memories and in the thousands of stories we’ll continue to share together thru the years. She was so loved and we’re here for anything you need.

  • Loree Posted March 19, 2021 1:37 PM

    Sharon, Sharon, even though we didn’t see each other alot you were a shinning star to me. I’m so happy that you are dancing with angels & will take care of us as always. We will miss you forever!

  • Cathy Bowen Posted March 19, 2021 2:53 PM

    We traveled to VerMont, Scotland, Costa Rica, Italy(Limoncello!), Puerto Penasco, Asheville, NC!!! And now she has taken one final journey. She travels well!!!!

  • Glenna McCollum-Cloud Posted March 19, 2021 6:12 PM

    All during our growing up (very fun) years in Chandler, the McCulloughs and the McCollums were close friends. Many people often confused us as the same family since our last names were similar. So, as we got older…the McCollums/ McCulloughs just declared we were family and Sharon was our “sis!”
    There are many, many great memories, but my joy of knowing Sharon was her kindness, her many stories and her laughter! My greatest sadness … i will miss Sharon’s friendship and “my sis.”

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