PISMO BEACH, Calif. -- Minerva (Ryan) Cole, of Pismo Beach, passed away on Dec. 9, 2012, at the home of her daughter in Nipomo, Calif.
Minerva was a longtime resident of Athol before moving to California upon the retirement of her husband Alvin. A memorial service was held at The First United Methodist Church in Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Minerva's ashes will be interred in the family cemetery plot in Silver Lake Cemetery in Athol, Mass.
Minerva was born in Astoria, N.Y., to Thomas and Anna (Langhans) Ryan and moved to Athol with her family as a young child.
She graduated from Athol High School and married Alvin Cole in 1942. She and her husband Alvin retired to Pismo Beach in 1983.
Besides raising three children, she had been a volunteer in various activities during her life and served in a number of offices in the Christian Science Church which she joined in 1970.
Minerva enjoyed cooking, entertaining and spending time with her family. She had a warm and generous heart and an infectious smile that would light up a room. Her generosity was reflected in the various ongoing donations she made to numerous charitable organizations and scholarships throughout her life. She was always willing to help out and contribute to a worthwhile cause.
Minerva and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and the British Isles, as well as the United States, Canada and Mexico. She was a member of the Five Cities Newcomers Alumni and played bridge with that group as well as other groups in her area.
Minerva is survived by her daughter Nancy St. Laurent (Joseph) of Nipomo; grandchildren Matthew St. Laurent of Grover Beach, Calif., Michelle Paredes (Peter) of Nipomo and Mark St. Laurent (Kori) of Nipomo; sister Patricia Meehan of Weston, Mass.; daughter-in-law Louise Cole of South Yarmouth, Mass.; ten great-grandchildren Devin, Adrian, Victoria, Alex, Vincent, Josiah, and Daisey Paredes of Nipomo and Cole, Luke and Brayden St. Laurent of Nipomo.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Cathryn, husband Alvin and son Michael.
Contributions in her memory can be made to Athol Area YMCA, 545 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331; or a charity of one's choice.