Joyce M. Ryan


Joyce M. Ryan

(Age 96)


Joyce McGrath Ryan, of Annandale, VA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, surrounded by family. She was born October 3, 1922, in Owego, NY, the second of three children of Thomas and Gladys McGrath.

Joyce was a graduate of Geneva High School, Geneva, NY, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI, and The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (MSW). Her Social Work career at Northern Virginia Family Services spanned 30 years. Joyce retired from NVFS in 1993 at which time she began her private practice. She is survived by her four children: Kathy Neilson (Bruce) of Fairfax, VA, Patricia of Reston, VA, William of Redwood City, CA, and Christopher (Karen) of Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. She is also survived by six grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends. She was predeceased by her older brother Thomas, younger sister Elizabeth, and grandson Matthew.

Visitation for guests will be offered at the sanctuary of St. Michael Catholic Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale, VA 22003 at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m., and a reception following the Mass. Father Peter Nassetta, a long-time family friend, will say the Mass. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at, or Children’s Hospital at Online condolences may be made at

3 Responses to Joyce M. Ryan

  1. Tammy Sullivan says:

    I am saddened to hear of Joyce’s passing. Though she will surely be missed by her family and friends, knowing she had a deep connection to her Creator, she now rests in His arms.
    Although my relationship with Joyce was not long, she made a big impression on me as a dear mother figure – so kind and understanding, offering her sincere sympathy and support when I lost my own mom many years ago. She was a born Social Worker!
    I met Joyce on a group tour we were on in Italy – what an example she was of energy and enthusiasm- staying ahead of the group most days in spite of being one of the older travelers. She was so much fun and she and Trish welcomed me [as a single person] to join them as a threesome, making the trip so much more memorable for me.
    She has always been and will remain in my thoughts as an unforgettable lady of integrity and class.

  2. Victoria E. French says:

    My Aunt Joyce was my second mother. She helped me through difficult times, especially when my brother Ike passed. She always had a kind word to say about everyone. I am so glad she was in my life and will always remember her as the one person I could tell everything to. I cannot begin to imagine how many people she helped when she was alive. She was understanding, loving and patient with everyone. May she be at peace and have fun with her brother Tom in Heaven. RIP Aunt Joyce. Only you and God know how much I will miss you.

  3. Becky Wilson says:

    Words cannot even begin to describe my Aunt Joyce. She was a person of immense compassion and understanding. Only an Angel from Heaven, could even begin, to come close to having all her attributes. She will be missed immeasurably by all who were so fortunate to have met and come to know her. Aunt Joyce always reached out to everyone that she thought she could comfort and genuinely help. She was always there when our mother passed away and while my son was in Afghanistan, she would always call me to see how I was getting along. Aunt Joyce, I will miss you and your soft, friendly voice over the phone. Always comforting and understanding. May you rest in peace in the arms of God.

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