Sunday, May 12, 2013
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Lois M. Ryan was born Feb. 10, 1923, to Theodore Lowe Sr. and Mary Lowe in Key West, Fla. She was predeceased by both parents; her husband, Bill Ryan, the founder of Bill Ryan Bail Bonds; brothers Warren, Theodore Jr., Jerry and James Lowe; and sister, Twila Mae Della Fave.

She was one of the first female Mosquito Control directors in Florida, employed by the Monroe County Mosquito Control District, now known as the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, for 41 years, serving as director for 17 years prior to retiring in 1994. As director of Mosquito Control, she was known as a hardworking public servant dedicated to providing effective mosquito control for the citizens and visitors of Monroe County.

Mrs. Ryan was a woman of great accomplishment. In 2001, she was honored to have the Key Largo staging area of the Mosquito Control District named The Lois Ryan Staging Area and its access road named Lois Ryan Road. Miami Magazine named her Best Unsung Employee in 1982.

She is survived by sons Michael (Christina) Ryan and Billy (Millie) Ryan of Key West; daughter Janet (John) Manuel of Naples, Fla.; brothers Bobby (Diana) Lowe of Mississippi and Edward Lowe of Crystal River, Fla.; granddaughters Ashley (Danilo) Alayon of Key West, Jennifer (Scott) Wilder of Dallas, Texas, and Jaclyn Gilmar of Key West; grandsons Billy Ryan, Michael, Max and Mark Ryan, Deven Gilmar of Key West and Jeffrey (Leah) Manuel of Encinitas, Calif.; niece, Faith Lowe, and grandniece Taylor Spoto of Crystal River, Fla.; grandnephew Gordon Higgs Jr. of Orlando, Fla.; and great-grandchildren Alina and Nilo Alayon of Key West and Sky and Serena Manuel of Encinitas. She is also survived by step-granddaughter Anne Marie (Vincent) Tettis of Massachusetts, and her children Vincent Jr. and Samantha.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Castillo & Thurston's Key West Mortuary, 328 Truman Ave.