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Corpus Christi Cemetery
Webster County, Iowa
Uploaded 8/9/2005 by
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Ellen J. Ryan, known as Nellie, was born on October 12, 1873 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
She died on April 17, 1923.
Ellen (Nellie) Joseph O’Brien Ryan is the great granddaughter of John O’Connor, Sr. and Elizabeth (Furlong) O’Connor, both from Wexford Ireland, the granddaughter of Nicholas O’Connor, from Wexford Ireland, and Hannah Hickey O’Connor, and the daughter of William O’Brien and Catherine “Kitty” (O’Connor) O’Brien. She was well known and highly regarded for her efforts for the residents at the County Home(the Webster County Home operated by her and her husband, James W. Ryan). She passed away on April 17, 1921, from complications brought on by pneumonia and typhoid. Her obituary provided the following account: ”News of Mrs. Ryan’s death comes as a great shock to her wide circle of friends, who had held hopes for her recovery but by none more keenly felt than by the inmates of the county home. They were in tears last evening when the news reached them. Billy Skinner, one of the oldest, said when he heard of Mrs. Ryan’s death: ’Isn’t it too bad that it couldn’t have been me instead of her.’ Others wanted to leave immediately.” [Fort Dodge Messenger, April 18, 1921].

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