Born on June 19, 1950, in Charleston, W. Va., Leanne Bryan died peacefully on May 23, 2019, in Mountain Ranch. Having battled for 29 years against metastasized breast cancer, she was 68 years old. When she died Leanne was surrounded by loving family and friends at the Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.
Growing up in Hawaii, Leanne graduated from Hilo High School in 1967 and the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 1971, having majored in anthropology and social science. Her Master of Arts Degree in 1979 from Sonoma State University prepared her for a 22 year career in the counseling field. But her love of nature drew her to become a park ranger, retiring in 2013 from the Bureau of Reclamation at New Melones Lake. She lived mostly in Northern California from 1979, settling in Mountain Ranch, Calaveras County.
Leanne loved to spend her free time outdoors hiking, kayaking, birding and traveling extensively to experience the natural world. Also, she participated actively as a community volunteer generously donating her time and energies to assist others.
Leanne is survived by her wife, Carol Phelps; and brothers, Harry Jackson Bryan III and Timothy O. Bryan.
A celebration of Leanne’s life will be held at the Mountain Ranch Community Hall on Thursday, July 18, at 4:30 p.m. Those who knew Leanne are welcome and bring a potluck dish.
Donations can be made in her name to MYRA (Mountain Ranch Resource Center), P.O. Box 124, Mountain Ranch CA 95246.