Joy Lynne Harrison
Eugene John “Geno” Ryan IV
Joy Lynne Harrison
Joy Lynne Harrison was called to our Lord on March 19, 2013 at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev. Although Joy’s passing causes pain and sorrow, her going has eased her pain and gave her relief.
Joy was born in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 16, 1952 to Harold and Louise Wooldridge. Her family moved to Susanville from Tehachapi, Calif. in 1963. She was a graduate of Lassen High School in 1971 and received her associate’s degree from Lassen College in 1973 and pursued a career in the medical field. Joy met the love of her life, George, after high school and they were married in 1972. In 1986, they were blessed with the birth of their only child, Katelyn, and further blessed 24 years later with the birth of their only grandchild, Aylah. It is with this family and many dear friends Joy spent her life. She liked hiking, motorcycle riding and the great outdoors. A cherished activity was the annual family camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Joy would eagerly plan and prepare the family for their annual pilgrimage and upon returning from camp Joy would exhibit a rejuvenated bounce in her step and sparkle in her eye. To those who knew her, those times were very special. Jo asked nothing from others yet she gave of herself totally and unabashedly. It is very uplifting to know that someone very special was being invigorated spiritually so that her soul and ours could be uplifted. Joy gave of herself unselfishly and without condition to those of us fortunate to know her. She had a simple way about her that would convey a feeling of warm-heartedness and ease to whomever she met. She had a creative side that gave her many hours of enjoyment, which also provided many hours of delight to those who were graced by one of her hand-crafted gifts. Every one of Joy’s endeavors was ensconced with a Christian ethic that embodies only the truest of spirits. Joy had those finest of human traits. She was the embodiment of love and compassion to everyone she came into contact with. She had the empathy to make everyone she touched feel at ease, and to feel at peace with their life’s choices. Joy will be missed.
Joy is survived by her husband of 40 years, George, daughter, Katelyn Anne Harrison, and granddaughter, Aylah Louise Harrison, all of Susanville; sister, Marjorie Schuessler, of Borego Springs, Calif.; brother, Harold Dean Wooldridge, of Sacramento, Calif.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Louise Wooldridge.
A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Community Church of Susanville, 1400 Numa Road in Susanville. Any donations on Joy’s behalf may be directed to Redwood Christian Park, 15000 Two Bar Road, Boulder Creek, CA 95006 or send a gift in her name to your favorite charity.
As long as Joy has the love of each one of you; she will live her life in the hearts of all of us.
Eugene John “Geno” Ryan IV
Eugene John “Geno” Ryan IV, 43, died March 11, 2013 at the Veteran’s Community Living Center in Reno, Nev., after courageously fighting brain cancer for the past 17 years.
Geno was born in Susanville on Aug. 16, 1969. He attended the local elementary schools and was a high school graduate. Geno was a sports enthusiast playing Little League baseball and youth football. He played football, wrestling and weight lifting while attending Lassen High School. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and spending time with his friends. Geno was an avid Oakland Raiders fan, sticking with his team through the good and the bad times.
In 1991, Geno enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving his country in California, North Carolina and Okinawa, Japan. Gono was the recipient of the following awards: Rifle Expert Badge, National Defense Service Medal and Service Deployment Ribbon. While in North Carolina he qualified for Recon. Geno felt his service in the Marine Corps was his greatest honor, always saying, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” After his military service, Geno worked in construction in Oregon, Arizona, Idaho and California.
Geno is survived by his parents, Sherry and Gary Bridges, of Susanville, and Eugene and Tammy Ryan, of Redding; brother, William “BJ” Ryan, of Susanville; step-sisters, Micky Velebit, of Roseville, Becky Singletary, of Ridgecrest, and Carrie Harrell, of Elk Grove; grandmother, Bonnie Bridges, of Fernley, Nev.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Eugene John Ryan Jr., grandmother, Barbara Galindo, and grandparents, Bill and Gladys Crabbe.
Services and burial for Geno will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in the family cemetery at the Gorbet Ranch in Greenville. The family requests donations be made to the animal shelter of your choice.
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