Kerri Moran Ryan passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at UC Medical Center following an early morning car crash on Sunday, November 5.
Kerri was born on May 31st, 1962, in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, the daughter of John Leo Moran and Jean (Feely) Moran. She attended parochial and public schools growing up and Anne Arundel Community College and George Mason University until her marriage to David Ishan Abdelhadi-Rayyan in 1998. Together they built a successful small business and had two sons, David and Shawn. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and loyal friend.
Kerri was strong, resilient, and a team player by nature. Before marrying, Kerri was a Navy Corpsman stationed with the Marines, a fire fighter EMT in Northern Virginia, and was an accomplished martial arts enthusiast. During her 8-year marriage Kerri and her husband established a successful home remodeling company in Northern Virginia and she maintained the love of renovating and doing home projects throughout her life.
Of gentle spirit, Kerri was born unusually generous and kindhearted. She was a joyful giver and lived a life in service to others, volunteering on a moment's notice and consistently demonstrating her belief to "always do the right thing". Kerri was truly "the right stuff". Her final act of service was as an organ donor, for which she received the Honor Walk by doctors, nurses, and hospital staff at UC Medical Center.
There were many dramatic events in Kerri's life. With the loss of both her husband and their business, Kerri relocated to Cincinnati in 2007 to start life again. A single mother, Kerri was committed to being a good parent and to giving Shawn and David a happy childhood and secure Faith life despite extremely difficult life circumstances. She homeschooled them for several years and always made sure they were part of a Christian community, surrounded by people who demonstrated and celebrated the Christian lifestyle. Kerri ensured her sons understood the true meaning of the teachings of Jesus Christ and experienced it in their daily lives.
In Cincinnati, she re-educated and certified in a new career and started a new position at the New York Life Insurance Company, but the 2008 recession proved a daunting obstacle to recovery. In 2014, just as life was stabilizing, a fire took all she had rebuilt and all memorabilia of their past life. In 2019 a flood destroyed the interior of their new home just as they were moving in. Despite the painful challenges she faced, her Faith in God guided her and helped her find joy in life even during the most strenuous times. She used her challenges as an opportunity to teach her sons how God’s love manifests itself especially during life’s most difficult times.
Kerri loved going to church, playing her guitar, working on their home, and her job of several years. A full time Amazon employee, Kerri was certified in Data Analytics, but her greatest enjoyment came from guiding the delivery planes in from the runway. Though money was always very tight, she always found time to make home-made butter and other gifts for her friends, and to nurture gardens in the back yard. She took great pride in cooking family meals using her own vegetables.
Kerri's faith in God was clear and present every day of her life. A devout and active Christian, her absolute faith in God and the love of Jesus Christ sustained her. Though Kerri repeatedly faced challenges and heartache, she knew without doubt that God loved her, and that He would always provide for them, no matter what the circumstances. Even during periods of great struggle, she could still find the joy in life and give thanks for God’s great blessings. Kerri lived her life with true devotion to God and did not fear her death.
Enduring her memory with great love and affection are her two sons David and Shawn Ryan, her mother Jean Moran, sister Sheila Vail, brother-in-law Erick Vail, brother John Patrick Moran, sister-in-law Susan Moran, brother Thomas Moran, sister-in-law Rebecca Moran, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at The Community of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249