Joan Ryan

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Betty Joan Smythia Ryan, age 84 of Murfreesboro, TN passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. She was born in Nashville, TN to the late Lewis Regen and Zada Baltimore Smythia. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Ryan; a daughter-in-law; 3 grandchildren; and siblings, James Robert and Paul Smythia.
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Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist and author. She was one of the very first female sports columnists in the country and has covered every major sporting event. Her accolades include thirteen Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, the National Headliner Award, and the Women's Sports Foundation's Journalism Award by the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women.