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Ashley Marie Ryan, 28, enjoyed annual pilgrimages to Burning Man

Ashley Marie Ryan
Ashley Marie Ryan

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Ashley Marie Ryan, 28, born March 7, 1990, in Wilmington, N.C., left this world Friday, April 6, 2018, and stepped into the light of the next great adventure.

Ashley Marie most recently was living in Lewisburg but had come to visit her childhood home in Hampstead at the time of her sudden illness and death.

In 2015, Ashley and Jason moved from Portland, Ore., to the home, on Camp Fork Road, Enon, W.Va., where her grandmother, Wilma Stanard Richardson (April 28, 1922 – Jan. 3, 2017) was born. Many of you remember Ashley as a gypsy child. She has friends across the country, and she lived in Colorado before moving to Oregon.

Ashley was a beautiful and brilliant young woman. Her knowledge of wolves and their customs led her to mother a number of wolfdogs and manage a sanctuary. The last two, Ryu and Raksha, high content wolfdogs she hand-raised from pups, are now at home in the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, Texas.

The many joys in her brief life included her wolfdogs, chickens, cats and other animals. She loved to travel and her annual pilgrimage to Burning Man was a highlight of her year. Some of her remains will be placed in the temple at Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nev., so she will never miss another.

Ashley Marie will be deeply missed by her mother, Julie Richardson Ryan, of Lewisburg, W.Va., and Hampstead, N.C.; father, Michael Lee Ryan, and his wife, Dene, of Avon, WV; her brother, Robert Austin Ryan, and wife, Katie, of Hampton, Va.; sister, Jamie Rose Oakes, and her fiancé, Robert Hall; three nephews of Mebane, N.C.; aunt, Pamela Richardson; cousin, Blake Craighead of Hampstead; significant other, Jason Henry; her “burner family” and many other friends and family members.

A memorial service for Ashley will be held at 11 a.m., April 11, at Hampstead United Methodist Church on Highway 17 North in Hampstead. All are invited to this celebration of life for Ashley Marie Ryan aka Gnōthi Seauton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary, P.O. Box 877, Montgomery, TX 77356.

Share online condolences with the family at andrewsmortuary.com.

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