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Ida Mae Walls, 92, of the Bunner Ridge Community, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 17, 2016, after a battle with cancer. She passed away at home surrounded by her beloved family.
Ida Mae was born on February 17, 1924, a daughter of the late Leroy and Wilma (Rogers) Bunner. She was a graduate of East Fairmont High School, Fairmont State College, and did some graduate work at West Virginia University. She was employed for forty-four years as a teacher and principle in the Marion County school system. Ida Mae was beloved by her students and had an impact on many of their lives.
Ida Mae, a faithful member of the Church of Christ at Mt. Nebo, was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was well known for her skill as a seamstress and for her peanut butter fudge. Her other interests included country music at the Sagebrush Roundup, dining out and attending church services. Ida Mae was a loving, kind and generous woman who devoted her life to God, her family and the community of Bunner Ridge.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Bernard L. Ryan, Sr.; son, Gary Arthur Ryan; her second husband, Claud Walls; her infant sister, Vergie Gladine Bunner; and a sister, Mary ”Jimmy” Virginia Williams.
She is survived by a son, Bernard L. Ryan, Jr. and his wife Sioux, of Bunner Ridge; five grandchildren, David Ryan, and his wife, Wanda, Carolyn Priestly and her husband, John, all of Bunner Ridge, Bobby Ryan and his wife, Becky, of Weston, Sally Massey of Parkersburg, Missy Maidens and her husband, Rick, of Williamstown; and sister, Doris Bunner of Bunner Ridge.
Also surviving are nine great grandchildren, Katlyn and Samuel Ryan, Lucas Mullooly, Nicki Ryan, Michael and Gracie Mae Priestly, John “J’ and Shaylyn Massey, Kayleigh Maidens; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family may call at the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street from 4-8 pm Tuesday, 1-8 pm Wednesday, and 10-11 am Thursday. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the funeral home with Evangelist Norman Floyd and Ida’s grandson, David Ryan officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on April 19, 2016
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