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Nina Leila Ryle

November 24, 1920 February 3, 2013
Nina Leila Ryle
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Obituary for Nina Leila Ryle

Nina L. Ryle
11/24/1920 - 2/3/2013
Worthington, MN

     Nina Leila Ryle, age 92, of Worthington, MN passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Sunset Hospice Cottage, Worthington.
     Nina Leila Johnson was born November 24, 1920, in Worthington, MN, the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Johnson. She attended Worthington schools and graduated in 1938. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus, St. Peter, MN, in 1942, with degrees in English and Physical Education, and a teaching credential.
     Before settling down to marry, she took flying lessons and flew solo over Nobles County. She traveled and spent one New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square. She taught school in Nevada, South Dakota and Minnesota. She met Wayne Ryle when they carpooled to where he was a college student and she was teaching. Wayne and Nina were joined in marriage October 19, 1950, in the house her father built on Second Avenue in Worthington where she lived until two weeks before her death.
     Nina was a devoted wife and mother. She was an avid reader and a good cook, and especially loved baking cookies. Nina enjoyed outdoor activities, and loved to garden and feed the birds, squirrels and rabbits, especially in winter. Among various home projects she fashioned several braided rugs from recycled fabrics. Nina served as a Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout den mother, and substitute teacher. She volunteered at the hospital in her later years.
     Nina is survived by her son Kim, daughter-in-law Margaret of Walnut Creek, California, grandson Mike Ryle of Newark, California, nieces Cindy Stam, Pastor Karla Kirkeby and nephews Chuck and Wynn Kirkeby. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne, and her sister Arla Kirkeby.
     A memorial service will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Interment of her ashes will be at a later date.

Memorial gifts should be directed to Worthington Hospice Cottage, Inc.

Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.


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