Cover photo for Hazel W. Ryan's Obituary
Hazel W. Ryan Profile Photo
1929 Hazel 2022

Hazel W. Ryan

May 30, 1929 — January 22, 2022

Hazel Wainwright Ryan, age 92, passed away Saturday, January 22, 2022, in Fleming Island, Florida.  Hazel was born to Leila Irene Moody and Newnan Crews Wainwright on May 30, 1929, in Penny Farms, Florida.

Hazel graduated from Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Florida, and was married to Rev. Thomas D. Ryan, Jr.  She continued to be very active in the Methodist Church after his passing.  Hazel was a member of the Green Cove Springs United Methodist Church.

Hazel was very active in the Clay County Historical Society and the Red Hat Society.  Through her many endeavors with her husband, they founded the Methodist Church of Orange Park, Wesley Manor Retirement Center in Mandarin, and the Lake Asbury Community -- all to secure a 100-acre retreat for the Methodist Church.  She is fondly known as the “Mother of Lake Asbury”.  Hazel will be remembered most for her generous and loving spirit as well as her great sense of humor.  Live, Love, Laugh was her mantra.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas D. Ryan, Jr.  Surviving family includes daughter Peggy Ryan Brown of Ridgeland, MS, sons Thomas D. Ryan, III (Nancy) of Green Cove Springs, FL, Zac E. W. Ryan (Jeannie) of Green Cove Springs, FL and James M. Ryan (Angela) of Lake Asbury, FL.  Her grandchildren include Ryan Brown of Olive Branch, MS, Cori Brown Cater of Starkville, MS, Jesse Ryan of Green Cove Springs, FL, Carly Ryan Roberts of Green Cove Springs, FL, Luke Ryan of Green Cove Springs, FL), Libby Ryan of Tacoma, WA, T.J. Ryan of Green Cove Springs, FL, Tripp Ryan of Michigan, Kelsey Ryan of Memphis, TN, Jessica Ryan Willis of Fleming Island, FL and Alyx Ryan of San Francisco, CA.  She also has eight great, grandchildren and surviving brothers Maxie Wainwright (Nora Lee) of Lake City, FL, and Grady Wainwright of St. Augustine, FL.

A Celebration of Life, Love, and Laughter will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church of Green Cove Springs where Reverend David Jackson will be presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Hazel Ryan Legacy Youth Fund at




To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Hazel W. Ryan, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church of Green Cove Springs

500 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 3

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree