Saturday, January 5, 2013

Madison Nichole Ryland

Madison Nichole Ryland, age 13, of Brookwood, died Jan. 4, 2013, at home. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Gary Bonner officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Survivors include her mother, Jessica Wilson (Chris); her father, John Ryland (Terri); her brothers, Micah Stimac (Kaeleigh), Teagan Ryland, and Finneas Ryland, all of Northport; grandparents, Virgil Beavers (Dana) of Fayette and Debra Edgel (Kelvie) of Winfield; uncles, Jeremy Beavers (Corey) and Ben Beavers of Fayette; and niece, Allie Grace Stimac of Northport.

Despite being born with a rare condition called Walker-Warburg Syndrome, Madison went on to attend the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind as well as Sprayberry Education Center. Greatly surpassing the lifespan given to her at birth, she touched the life of anyone who spent time with her.

With an infectious smile and a joyous laugh, she taught us all so much about grace under fire and resiliency. Her fierce determination and angelic face made everyone in her life a better person for having known her. She will be loved and missed greatly by anyone who ever met her..

Pallbearers will be Micah Stimac, Jeremy Beavers, Brian Sanders, Allen Sullivan, Evin Ryland, and Kelvie Edgel.

Honorary pallbearers are Hospice of West Alabama, the staff of Sprayberry Regional Education Center, and Arlene Stokes.