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Sue Fair Ryan

Sue Fair Ryan, 84, was born August 18, 1934, in Sterling, Kansas to Daniel Jasper Fair, III (D.J.) and Maurine Pearce Fair. She departed this earth on September 8, 2018.

From the time Sue was a toddler to when she went off to college, she spent every summer at their family homes “Fair Acre” and “Fair Play” in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. Even as a young child, she was independent always wanting to do everything “by self”.

Sue attended Gulf Park College in Gulfport Mississippi, for one year before transferring to KU where she pledged Chi Omega. She graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Sue met her husband, Gordon, on the steps of Green Hall, the KU Law School. She was pursuing a master’s degree in anthropology and Gordon was a third year law student. They were married on August 5, 1961, in The Church in the Wildwood, “Where the Mountains Shall Bring Peace to the People” in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. They honeymooned at the Broadmoor Hotel where they subsequently spent many wonderful times and anniversaries including their last.

Together, Sue and her husband traveled the world, starting with flying “space available” when Gordon was in the Army. She took time off from her career to raise their daughters, but later worked as an occupational therapist until she was over 80 years old. In 2010 she was one of Oklahoma City’s “Hot Mamas.” She was a wonderful mother of two daughters, Ann and Amy; and a caring and passionate grandmother to three, Kendall, Ryan and Dalton. She was always supportive, loving and nurturing.

Sue was a 60 year member of the KU Alumni Association, the AOTA, P.E.O, and Chi Omega. She was a member of DAR, Ladies of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Society, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons, The Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva, Order of the Crown of Charlemagne and The Sovereign Colonial Society of Americans of Royal Descent,

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, Daniel Jasper Fair II and Margaret Ebright Fair; Raleigh Pearce and Ella Shean Pearce; and her beloved aunt, Rosemary Fair Mock.

Sue is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Gordon, two daughters, Ann Brown and Amy Ryan; three grandchildren, Kendall and Dalton Brown and Ryan Sandfort; a brother, Dan Fair, three cousins, Melody Mock Durso, Tim Mock, Lewis Mock and their families; and many members of Gordon’s family.

In lieu of flowers the family would request donations to the Nichols Hills United Methodist Church John Marshall Food Bank.

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