Mary Elizabeth Sirois
- February 10, 1938 - August 24, 2012
- Williamsburg, Virginia
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On February 10, 1938, in the mountains of western Virginia, a beautiful person was born, Mary Elizabeth Ryman. As she grew up in Blacksburg, she was soon known as "Liz." Her father was a physics professor at Virginia Tech for 45 years and her mother owned and operated the Hokie House. After graduation from Blacksburg High, she attended Virginia Tech at a time when all the females were housed in Hillcrest Hall. She soon found herself in love with an upperclassman, Woody Sirois, who was soon to graduate as a Building Construction major. They married in Blacksburg and honeymooned at Niagara Falls. They moved to Woody's hometown, Newport News, where for the first time in her life, Liz was now living in an environment surrounded by water instead of mountains. She always loved and missed the mountains of Blacksburg and was a true testimony that you can take the girl out of the mountains, but you can never take the mountains out of the girl. She quickly settled with Woody and they began their life together on the Peninsula. She always had a beautiful home and loved to entertain. She was the real strength behind her love, Woody, as he supported his family in the building business. They first had a daughter, Lisa Anne Sirois Naumann, and then a son, Michael Ryman Sirois. Liz was the best mother that any two children could ever have; they were truly blessed to be raised by such a loving, beautiful mother. She dedicated her life to raising her children, supporting her husband, being active in the community in such organizations as The Junior Woman's Club of Newport News and later the Garden Club. She was a natural at interior design which was always evident in her home. She and Woody were members of the Warwick Yacht Club where their love for boats began. They soon found themselves enjoying life so much along the Chickahominy River, they moved there to raise Lisa and Mike. The best times of their lives were not only in Blacksburg, but on the Chickahominy as well, where they made lifelong friends and lived life to the fullest. Liz continued to devote her life to loving and raising her children. She never left the house without looking beautiful and her absolute best. Her husband, children, home and friends were her life. She was then blessed with three grandchildren, Brittany Mychael Naumann of Champaign, Illinois, Tyler Dan Naumann of Virginia Beach and Samantha Anne Sirois of Yorktown/Williamsburg. Each grandchild always knew the true, honest and genuine love of their Grandmommy. She not only taught her own children the beauty of life, but also was an impactful loving Grandmommy, giving all that she had to ensure their happiness and success. She was so very proud of her children and grandchildren and was and always will be highly regarded and respected as the matriarch of the Sirois family. She lived the last years of her life with Lisa, in Virginia Beach where they were not only mother and daughter, but best friends. There will never be another Mary Elizabeth, "Liz," Sirois. Her children and grandchildren will always hold a special place in their hearts for their Mom and Grandmommy. She touched many people with her friendships and love for others. On Friday, August 24, Liz quietly slipped away and is now happily beside her beloved husband, Woody. She will always be missed but never forgotten. A memorial service will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg on Tuesday, August 28 at 3:00 PM. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.