Etta L. Ryden

[ Age 92 ] The Frederick resident was an Army nurse who served in three wars.

February 10, 2007

Etta L. Ryden, a retired Army nurse who served in three wars, died of heart failure Feb. 3 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. The former Frederick resident was 92.

She was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., and moved with her family to Catonsville in the 1930s.

She attended the University of Iowa and graduated from Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., with a certified nursing degree in 1942. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the Johns Hopkins University in 1949.

She enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was sent to England, where she was a medical-surgical nurse. She later served in Germany.

She left the Army in 1945 and worked for the Veterans Administration in Richmond, Va., until being called back to active duty in 1951. During the Korean War, she held nursing posts at Fort Pickett, Va., Fort Stewart, Ga., and in Japan.

During the 1950s and early 1960s, she was assigned to Walter Reed and Fort Meade, and in the early years of the Vietnam War was chief of nursing services at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. She retired from there with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1967.

Colonel Ryden had lived in Cedarcroft and Frederick until moving in 2003 to Knollwood, the Army Distaff Foundation, in Washington, for retired military officers.

She enjoyed studying English history and was fond of poodles.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Robert E. Dailey & Son Funeral Home, 1201 N. Market St., Frederick.

Surviving are a sister, Florence Ryden Lefko of Cedarcroft; and a niece.

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