Student, Berlin Art Academy, 1970. Associate of Arts, American River College, Sacramento, 1975.
Instructor art McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, 1967—1968, American Women's Club, Berlin, 1969—1972, Edwards Air Force Base, California, 1972—1974, American River College, Sacramento, 1975—2005, Gretchen's Studio, Carmichael, since 1986. Teacher art San Juan School District, Sacramento, 1975—1995. Instructor art City of Sacramento, 1980—2006.
Board member president Northern College Art Association, 1978.
Member of Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Valley Sculpture Artists (board directors, vice president since 1998), Northern California Arts Association (board directors).
Married Raymond Andrew Ryan, May 12, 1952. Children: Michael D., Ralph T., Robert P., Ronald J., Rex W., Renee G.