Barbara Ann Ryan


August 24, 2022

Barbara Ann Ryan, 86 of Riverton, otherwise known as "Sweet Bobbie Ann", passed away at the Help for Health Hospice Home on Friday, August 12, 2022 with her family by her side. A memorial service will be held on October 3, 2022 in Riverton at a location to be determined.

Barbara Ann Bateman was born on May 31, 1936, in Rawlins, Wyoming to Robert L. and Mary Catherine (Bickel) Bateman, joining siblings Jack and Mary Lou. The family moved often throughout Wyoming and Colorado as her father was a conductor on the Union Pacific Railroad. She graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1955.

On July 4th 1957, she met Donald Ryan at a rodeo in Lander, and they were married on November 23, 1957 in Rawlins. They were just three months shy of celebrating 65 years together.

Don and Bobbie moved several times to various towns in Wyoming, Utah, and Montana while Don worked for the Bureau of Land Management. They lived in Chinook, Montana for 15 years when Don worked at the BLM office in Havre. During this time Bobbie worked as motel maid at the Chinook Motor Inn and the Le Harve in Havre. She was also a clerk at Cate's IGA and Buttery's. She became an EMT on the Chinook Ambulance, which became her most rewarding job - helping people. It also led to lifelong friendships with some of the crew members.

Not long after moving to Chinook, Bobbie took Heather Dawson (Nesslar) under her wing, adding one more daughter to the family.

Don and Bobbie moved to Riverton, Wyoming in 1992, where they still reside.

Bobbie was a great cook and collected recipes and cookbooks. One of the most popular recipes became a family heirloom that has been passed onto many family members and friends; her famous "Chocolate Turtles".

Music and singing were a passion of hers. She played piano and loved to sing. Bobbie would always sing the harmony, and if she wasn't singing you would find her humming a song or hymn. She had her favorite music channels on TV, and when one would play a song she didn't like, she would instantly change the channel, going back and forth, usually with the remark "Why in the world would they play THAT song??!"

Bobbie will most likely be remembered for her beautiful handwritten letters and cards she would send to friends and family, in her cursive writing. She was forever thoughtful and kind, and always picked the most beautiful cards to send, usually with a couple of handwritten pages tucked inside.

She loved animals of all kinds, having a large array of dogs throughout the years, and especially loved her two cats Isabella and Sammy in Riverton.

Her greatest pride and joy were her two children Kelly and Mari Anne, and her grandchildren.

After her sister passed away, Bobbie's nieces Cathy, Nancy and nephew Jim Haynes, became extra special in her heart. Nancy spent a summer with Don and Bobbie at the farm in Lander, WY, and Jimmy spent a summer with them at the farm in Malta, MT.

Bobbie is survived by her husband Don Ryan, daughters Kelly Balcorta, Mari Anne Skoyen (Loren), special daughter Heather Nesslar (Mike), and grandchildren Tyler Stebar, Devin Stebar, Erik Inglet, Brooke (Jesse) Gillespie, Allison Skoyen, a great-grandaughter due in November, sister-in-law Ann Berg and family, nieces Cathy (Jim) Tiller and family, Nancy (Lawren) Green and family, and nephew Jim (Sherri) Haynes.

She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Lou Haynes and brother Jack Bateman.

In memory of Sweet Bobbie Ann and her love for animals, we ask in lieu of flowers for a donation in her name to the PAWS for Life Shelter in Riverton, WY; the PAWS of Chinook, MT shelter; or to the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton.

The family would like to thank the Help for Health Hospice Home who took great care of her in her final days, and the Wind River Rehabilitation and Wellness.

On-line condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under Davis Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments.


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