Mazie Allen Hall Ryburn (91) of Lubbock died suddenly on February 12, 2021, of a probable stroke. She lived a life of service, active in the worship and fellowship of First Presbyterian Church. For more than thirty years she delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered in the gift shop at Methodist/Covenant Hospital. Through the years the Medical Auxiliary, Scouts and other organizations benefited from her time and talents.
She was born November 29, 1929, to Walter and Etta Hall, and she grew up in McAllen, Texas, with older brother Bill, younger brother Joe and younger sister Suzanne. On September 17, 1949, she married Frank M. Ryburn, Jr. whom she met when she was a nursing student and he was an intern at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. The family they raised together grew and moved out into the world but has always remained close in spirit. Everyone understood that Mazie was the glue that held the family together as she planned beach vacations and Christmas gatherings; she never wanted to miss a graduation, wedding or new baby. She loved to travel, planning, anticipating and remembering the many trips she and Frank took across three continents.
She is survived by two brothers in law, Jim Stapp and Sam Ryburn and many nieces and nephews. She delighted in her life as matriarch of this large family who survive her:
Mac Ryburn of Lubbock, his ex-wife Nancy, and his partner Linda Collins. Cullen Ryburn of Fort Collins, Colorado. Sarah Ryburn of Houston and her fiancé Zach Hopkins.
Stephanie Rodda of Memphis, TN, and her husband Thad. Duke Rodda of St. Paul, MN and his wife Meghan and daughters Ryan and Ivy. Emily Rodda of San Francisco, CA, and her husband Zack Zweber and sons Zane and Zander.
Scott Ryburn of Midland and his wife Amy. Allie Strand of Midland and her husband Andrew and daughters Andie and Anna Claire. Ben Ryburn of Dallas and his wife Sarah. Chris Ryburn of Midland and his wife Amy and their children Carter, Sonny and Lane. Courtney Ryburn of Midland.
Debi Cook of New Braunfels and her husband Robert. Amanda Oberbeck of Dallas and her husband Mike. Casey Cook of Austin and her daughters Lily, Natalie and Emily. Marcy Cook of Dallas.
Most importantly, she is survived by Frank, her husband of 71 years. They were fortunate to live independently, still in the home they bought in 1957. It is the mothership in which countless neighbors, friends, and family members have been nurtured with warm hospitality.
Visitation will be Friday, February 26, 5:00-7:00pm at Combest Family Funeral Homes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels, Hospice of Lubbock or South Plains Food Bank.
David and Shannon Garrett
Friday, February 26, 2021
Mazie will be missed. I will never forget running from our house across the street through the Ryburns back yard to visit my best friend Harold, who lived across the alley. Often times there would be a picnic or other gathering happening in the Ryburn's back yard as we would run through and wave. I truly missed those times and will never forget the closeness of that neighborhood. The stories that could be told. Love you guys.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Mazie was a dear friend of our family (Hunter family). She lived next door to Nanny and used to let us come over and play with her daughters’ impressive Barbie collection. What a beautiful lady she was. Ryburn family, you are all in my prayers.