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Ragnhild Astrid (Ravnan) Nary September 12, 1941 - October 30, 2023


Ragnhild Astrid (Ravnan) Nary, age 82, of Modesto, California, passed away on October 30, 2023. She was born on September 12, 1941, in Ardal Pa Jølster, Norway, to loving parents, Edwin (Edvin) Ravnan, a Minister, and Edna Martinson Ravnan.

Ragnhild is survived by her sister, Kari (Chuck) Wilson, and her three devoted daughters: Dana (Mark) Kirkes, Dawn (Frank) Gallagher, and Lisa Wallace (John Jorgenson). Her seven adoring grandchildren include Travis (Raphaelle) Kirkes, Adam (Sydney) Kirkes, Kristina (Adam) Poplin, Jessica Gallagher, Christopher (Kristen Walton) Wallace, Cameron Wallace, and Brandon (Cami) Wallace. She is also survived by her five cherished great-grandchildren: Callie Poplin, Jude Kirkes, Clara Kirkes, Benjamin Wallace, Heath Kirkes, and Charlotte Wallace.

Ragnhild was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin (Edvin) and Edna (Martinson) Ravnan, as well as her siblings: Hannah Mosand, Edwin (Edvin) Ravnan, Elizabeth Hamlow, Marcus Ravnan, Gudlaug (Goody) Ravnan, Per Ravnan, Fredrik Ravnan, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family has entrusted Allen Mortuary with the arrangements.

Ragnhild Astrid (Ravnan) Nary arrived in the United States by ship when her family immigrated at the age of 6. In school, the children couldn’t pronounce her name, so a teacher renamed her Hilda, which she hated. Ragnhild loved her Norwegian heritage, and although she never returned, she maintained her Norwegian heritage by never becoming an American citizen. Her children’s best memories are of the times they spent cooking for holidays and playing board games. Ragnhild was an avid reader and could beat any crossword puzzle or spar anyone at Scrabble.

A private memorial service, attended by her three daughters, will take place at her final resting place, El Carmelo Cemetery, overlooking the ocean in Pacific Grove, California. This serene location by the sea is a testament to her deep connection to the beauty and tranquility of the ocean, a place where she found solace and peace.

In this tranquil coastal setting, Ragnhild’s memory will be celebrated, and her family will find comfort in the natural beauty that surrounded her. During the private gathering, her daughters and loved ones will share cherished stories, memories, and heartfelt feelings, paying their respects to a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

In her final resting place, Ragnhild Astrid (Ravnan) Nary’s legacy will continue to be honored, and her presence will forever be cherished by those whose lives she touched with love and grace.

“Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” – Mother Teresa

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