Lisa Gaye Ryan-Budke, 53, passed away at her home on Saturday, November 20, 2010, surrounded by her loving family and friends. A celebration of Lisa’s life is planned at the 7F Lodge, on Sunday, November 28, 2010, from 3 – 5pm. All are invited to attend. BRING YOUR FAVORITE LISA STORY and help us celebrate the life of this remarkable woman. The 7F Lodge is located at 16611 Royder Rd., College Station, TX 77845 and can be reached at (979)690-0073.
Lisa was born on August 9, 1957, in Bryan, TX to Gerald (Jerry) Ryan and Mary Helen Ryan.
Lisa graduated from Bryan High School in 1975. She also attended Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, TX and Jasper High School in Jasper, TX. She went on to attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX where she studied Commercial Art before transferring to Charles and Sue’s School of Hair Design in Bryan, earning a license to practice cosmetology. She maintained contact with many of her classmates throughout the years.
Lisa was a true visionary and entrepreneur who established the first nail salon and spa in Bryan/College Station; all the while, owning Boardwalk Hair Salon, one of the most successful hair salons in the area, for over 24 years. Because of her amazing ability to both overcome extreme adversity and maintain a successful business simultaneously, Lisa was featured in the recent fall 2010 issue of the local Flair Magazine. Her energy and creativity helped her maintain status as one of the area’s leading business women. Family, friends and loyal employees are dedicated to carrying on her vision.
Lisa will be remembered for the grace and endurance she displayed throughout her 8-1/2 year ordeal with ovarian cancer. She was a great and loyal friend and inspired all that knew her. Truly, her kindness and generosity knew no limits. Lisa had a natural gift for making everyone she encountered feel better about their own lives. “Lisa Sunshine” chased rainbows and sunsets throughout the world and seemed to always be on an adventure of some kind. Now she has embarked on the greatest adventure of all. She will be missed.
Survivors include husband Mark Budke, both of her parents, sisters Debra Spain, Patrice Rivers and husband Bill, Jamie Ryan Neff and Aimee Crow, nieces and nephews, Renee Beal, Amanda Spain, Chris and Leslie Rivers, Ryan and Brett Neff, Heather and Tyler Crow, sisters-in-law Laurie Budke, Mary Franza and husband Al, niece Jessica Franza, brother-in-law David Budke, and Lisa’s beloved dog, Rita.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th, Bryan, TX, 77803, (979)821-2266.Print This Obituary