Royce Lenora (Smith) Ryan passed away peacefully on Oct. 6, 2020, after a brief illness. She was born on June 10, 1943, the child of Frank H. and Mamie (Edwins) Smith. She lived most of her life in Bar Harbor and was a 1961 graduate of Bar Harbor High School.
Royce was a giver of hugs — and a lover of finding the best in humanity. She thrived on making others feel welcome and special — whether you met her once in your life or saw her on a daily basis.
Royce was a “helper” — a doer of tasks — a caregiver by nature. She was a devout Christian and had many friends through her church in Town Hill. In her earlier years, she worked at the popular restaurants in town and split her seasonal time between Bar Harbor and Palm Beach, Fla., with her then-husband, Jack Ryan. Royce and Jack were married 15 years. They remained friends, even after divorce in 1978.
In her later years, Royce became a nanny to different families, helping in her most wonderful way to raise young children. She has remained a constant in all of their lives, long after they have grown to adults, and have had children of their own! She gained even more love and companionship when each of the children became attached to a significant other. All who knew Royce adored her for her bear hugs, her often quick wit, her love of family and friends and her kindness to all. Royce was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Ansel Smith Sr. She is survived and will be deeply missed by her sister, Victoria Baynes, her nieces and nephews Heather Collinsworth, Ansel Smith Jr., Danny Smith, Brandi Kerr, Zachary Kerr, Chelsea White, great-niece Lily Smith and goddaughter Shana Ryan. Also those she considered her “sisters,” Diane Smith, Susanne Bussell, Joyce Larsen and Pamela Lewis; many cousins and friends along with her last remaining aunt, Peggy Hudson, in Savannah, Ga. Those who wish may donate to their favorite charity in her memory. A memorial service will be scheduled hopefully in the spring or when it is safe to come together again.