Mary Carol Ryan

Mary Carol Ryan, 75, of Hattiesburg, MS, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 12, 2021. 


Born December 25, 1945 to Walter D. and Jessie Lee Curtis, Carol was the fifth of their seven children. She enjoyed growing up in Petal, MS with her close siblings, and moved to Hattiesburg as a young adult where she raised her two children and lived the remainder of her life. Carol devoted many years to teaching Sunday school, volunteering for various charitable organizations and participating in various clubs. Carol enjoyed being outdoors, playing tennis with friends, and planting flowers in her beautiful yard. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and was happiest when surrounded by all eight of them. Carolís generous nature was often reflected by opening her home and cooking for her family and many friends. Her caring spirit, gracious hospitality, high energy and strength are only a part of her great legacy.

Survivors include her husband, Michael E. (Mickey) Ryan of Hattiesburg; their three children: Michael (Mallory) Harrell of Tallahassee, FL, Kimberly Simmons of Jackson, MS and Shannon (Brian) Mitchell of Hattiesburg; her eight grandchildren: Bennett Harrell, Hayes Harrell and Shelby Harrell all of Tallahassee, FL; Davis Simmons, Sydney Simmons and Ella Jane Simmons, all of Jackson, MS; and Bryce Mitchell and Jessie Mitchell both of Hattiesburg. Carol is also survived by her siblings, Ruby Ledbetter, Tom (Connie) Curtis and Rhonda (Bobby) Moudy, all of Hattiesburg, and by many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Carol in death were her parents, Walter D and Jessie Lee Curtis, of Petal, MS, her sisters, Francis (Edwin) Purvis of Jackson, MS and Helen (Bobby) Bunch of Hattiesburg, MS, and her brother, Gene (Gail) Curtis of Hattiesburg, MS.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM at the Church.

Burial will immediately follow the service at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Services, Inc. or Homes for Hope for Children, two organizations in Hattiesburg that were close to Carol's heart.