Grandma Ryan will be truly missed, she blessed so
many lives and continues to bless us. So as we
celebrate life you will always be with us Grandma.
Susan Worland Abell Ryan

The fourth child born to Hugh Liguori Abell and Edna Mae Raley Abell was Susan Worland on October 1st, 1911, at Pope’s
Creek in Marion County, Kentucky.

Attending St. Augustine Catholic Church in Lebanon, Susan was baptized, confirmed, attended 12 grades at St. Augustine
and graduated in a class of eleven, at St. Augustine High School on June 8th, 1930.  She was married, celebrated her 50th
wedding anniversary and her funeral mass service was at St. Augustine on September 19th, 2008.

At the age of 11, Susan was driving her dad to town almost every day to take care of business.  A handsome young man, by
the name of Charles Bernard Ryan, spotted this beautiful young girl, driving and thought she was old enough to date.  He
planned to ask her, when he found out how old she was, he decided to wait until she was old enough, which he profess to be
16 years of age.  

Susan’s dating years were fun filled with chaperoned Parlor Games, rolling up the carpet and dancing, also playing cards at
someone’s home.  Short road trips to visit relatives out of town for the day and always with other couples.

Susan and Bernard dated for several years, until they became bride and groom in marriage on January 24, 1933 at 6:00 a.m.
in St. Augustine Catholic Church.  There was a brunch after, when the farmers had to leave to attend their livestock and
fields – their source of income.  The newlyweds then left on a honeymoon for Indianapolis, where they stayed for a week
with relatives.

Their first seven years when four children were born, they lived in homes on one or the other of their parents’ farms.  On
January 2, 1940, they purchased the farm, across the road from what is now Maker’s Mark Distillery.  The land was mostly
brush land … clearing that land took years.  In the meantime, another child was born, but in ten years, they had it clear, torn
the older home down, saving all the bricks, fine hand carved woodwork and beautiful thick oak flooring to be used in a newer
home built on the same site.  The following years, three more children were born, but working the land, garden, taking care
of livestock and with the helpful hands of those children.  Her sewing skills were outstanding.  There was not a favorite dish
or a festive meal she could not get on the table in a timely manner … not a soul went hungry.   Susan and Bernard had a
wonderful marriage, warm home and loving children, the love and appreciation of ones who have worked side by side, to
build the dream that most Americans only read about.  

In July, 1977, they sold the farm and moved to Lebanon, where they lived until the good Lord felt they were needed
elsewhere, with Bernard leaving on September 27, 1984.  Susan continued to live in their home and loved having visitors.  
Her biggest delight was having the children and grandchildren on weekends.  She prepared food like an army was coming …
she must have thought she had been invaded at times.  Her passing on September 15th of this year is a great loss to her
children, grandchildren, sister, nieces, nephew, friends and relatives throughout the United States.  

Susan lived a full life, she was very young, when women marched for the voting rights for women.  Her life took her through
World War I, the Science and Technology changes during the Roaring 20’s and the many depression years. The attack on
Pearl Harbor, when she sat at home with a new baby, while dad and children visited relatives.  The beginning of World War II,
she saw brothers go to war.  Those years rolled into the 50’s when sons were in the military, during the Korean War, while
the droughts at home were struggling times to save what you had worked so hard to keep.  During this time, Polio was on
the rise, so she had each of her children vaccinated and with a prayer, hoped this vaccine would keep her children safe. She
observed the marches of the 50’s, beginning of the Space Age and fear during the Cuban Crisis.  The 60’s with the Vietnam
War, changes in the Roman Catholic Church and more space flights, headed to exploration of the moon and outer space.  
She was an avid reader and fascinated with the changes our world was making and studied each candidate for President
that she chose to vote for.  She enjoyed having that privilege, of her own secret ballot.  


In her 96, almost 97 years, she traveled with family extensively and also friends.  Where she went, she had the personality
and grace to make people feel comfortable and warm.  What a wonderful, gracious lady!!!  She is missed.