December 18, 1933 - January 14, 2021
Idell Marie Ryan was born on December 18, 1933 in Chidester, Arkansas. She was the oldest daughter born to Colonel Lee and Velma Lee Hinton. She departed her life on earth on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in Saint Louis, Missouri after an extended illness. Her parents and her sister, Hellece Smith, preceded her in death. Idell’s family migrated north to Decatur, Illinois when she was one year old. She grew in grace and favor with God, during her formative years in Decatur, Illinois. Idell was a gifted and talented musician. God gave her the gift of music at an early age. As a child, she pretended to play the piano on the steps in her family home. She loved music so much that she asked the church organist at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, Illinois to teach her how to play the piano. She began piano lessons at a very early age. Music was the passion in her life. She played the piano for the church choir, sang in church, school and community choirs and vocal ensembles. Idell received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Illinois Wesleyan University. She was a piano major. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Milliken University. Idell worked as a vocal music teacher for the Detroit Public Schools for 44-1/2 years. She was an excellent vocal music teacher. Her elementary school glee clubs sang in 3-part harmony. Her school programs were full productions with costumes, scenery, dance and drama. She also taught private piano lessons in the music studio in her home. Order of Service FAMILY HOUR VIEWING AND VISITATION SCRIPTURE READING II TIMOTHY 4:7-8 BISHOP LARRY O. JONES PASTOR, GREATER GRACE CHURCH PRAYER FOR STRENGTH AND COMFORT BISHOP LARRY O. JONES PASTOR, GREATER GRACE CHURCH SONG “PRAISE IS WHAT I DO” FAMILY REFLECTIONS JULIA JOHNSON GREAT NIECE JOYCE LIGGINS FAMILY FRIEND AND CAREGIVER POEM CONNIE MINER SISTER SCROLL OF LIFE JANICE JOHNSON SISTER SONG “STAND” MESSAGE OF COMFORT BISHOP LARRY O. JONES PASTOR, GREATER GRACE CHURCH RECESSIONAL “TO GOD BE THE GLORY” Interment MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY 5200 LUCAS AND HUNT ROAD ♦ SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI 63121 Some of the vocal music students she taught at Vandenberg Elementary School in Detroit, went on to become recording artist as adults. Idell taught Bishop William Murphy (Praise Is What I Do), Keith Staten (Gospel Group; Commissioned) and Claritha Buggs (American Spiritual Ensemble and Michigan Opera Theatre). Idell had music in her soul from birth. Even when her memory began to fail, and her speaking declined, she continued to sing. She was fondly called the “opera singer” at her nursing home. She often sang words that were usually spoken. One of her caregivers said “We always know when Miss Idell is awake, because she starts singing.” Idell was not blessed with children of her own, when she was married. She taught, mentored, nurtured and loved many children during her lifetime. She was a role model and mentor to her younger sisters, nieces, nephews and music students. Idell leaves to cherish her memories: her two sisters ~ Connie Miner of Hazelwood, Missouri and Janice (Melvin) Johnson of Florissant, Missouri; three generations of nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.
Idell Marie Ryan was born on December 18, 1933 in Chidester, Arkansas. She was the oldest daughter born to Colonel Lee and Velma Lee Hinton. She departed her life on earth on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in Saint Louis, Missouri after an extended... View Obituary & Service Information
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