By Mary Thurwachter
HIGHLAND BEACH — Friends say Anne Iffland Ryan was a loyal friend, a quick-witted conversationalist, a competitive bridge player and an avid golfer.
Known as “Nancy,” Mrs. Ryan died on Jan. 14 at the age of 90.
The only child of William and Anna Brennan Iffland, Mrs. Ryan attended schools in Stamford, Conn., and Delray Beach. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford and the College of New Rochelle in New York.
She was a teacher in the Stamford Public Schools for many years and also worked in her family’s business, the Brennan Employment Agency.
Her husband, William A. Ryan Jr., who lived in Stamford most of his life, died in 1995.
After the Ryans moved to Florida, the couple lived in Delray Beach for years before moving to Highland Beach.
Mrs. Ryan was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church in Highland Beach and a former member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Stamford. Those who knew her remember Mrs. Ryan as a loving wife, a dear sister-in-law and a wonderful aunt.
She is survived by her two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Rosemary Magner of Boca Raton, and Mrs. Alice Devine of Norwalk.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her two brothers-in-law,Vincent A. Ryan and John D. Ryan, and her best friend and sister-in-law, Rita (Ryan) Iacovo, all formerly of Stamford, and Delray Beach.
A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Stamford on Jan. 22.
Donations in her honor may be made to St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3510 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach.