Barbara Draper Ryan

Barbara Draper Ryan, 93, of Charlevoix, formerly of Milford, NH, died Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Charlevoix Area Hospital.

She was born in Nashua, NH, February 27, 1921, to Lee S. and Sara (White) Kendall.

Barbara made her home in Milford for most of her life and spent winters in Sebring, Fla., later moving to Michigan in 1999.

She enjoyed traveling, reading, cooking and playing golf. She was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of Milford, UCC; a member of Harley Sanford Post #4368 VFW Auxiliary, and the Puritan-Charity-Themis-Atlantic Chapter #29 O.E.S in Milford. A twelve year resident of the Charlevoix Country Club, she regularly played with the Ladies’ Golf League.

Barbara worked with her husband at Draper Chevrolet in Milford. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother and cherished the time spent with her family. She was predeceased by her first husband, Harry K. Draper, who died in 1982, and her second husband, Joseph H. Ryan, who died in 1998.

She is survived by her sons, David (Stephanie) Draper of Charlevoix, Mich., Richard K. Draper of Hartford, Wisc.; grandchildren, Todd L. Draper of Brattleboro, Vt., and Chad Draper of Ellsworth, Mich; sister, Marjorie Medlyn of Milford.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 27th at 11:30 am in Riverside Cemetery, 454 Nashua Street, Milford, NH. Donations may be made to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, (breast cancer), P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309, ; or to the ALS Association, Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford; in cooperation with the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to