Lisa Ryan-Budke

Lisa Gaye Ryan-Budke, 53, passed away at her home on Saturday, November 20, 2010, surrounded by her loving family and friends. A celebration of Lisa’s life is planned at the 7F Lodge, on Sunday, November 28, 2010, from 3 – 5pm. All are invited to attend. BRING YOUR FAVORITE LISA STORY and help us celebrate the life of this remarkable woman. The 7F Lodge is located at 16611 Royder Rd., College Station, TX 77845 and can be reached at (979)690-0073.

Lisa was born on August 9, 1957, in Bryan, TX to Gerald (Jerry) Ryan and Mary Helen Ryan.

Lisa graduated from Bryan High School in 1975. She also attended Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, TX and Jasper High School in Jasper, TX. She went on to attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX where she studied Commercial Art before transferring to Charles and Sue’s School of Hair Design in Bryan, earning a license to practice cosmetology. She maintained contact with many of her classmates throughout the years.

Lisa was a true visionary and entrepreneur who established the first nail salon and spa in Bryan/College Station; all the while, owning Boardwalk Hair Salon, one of the most successful hair salons in the area, for over 24 years. Because of her amazing ability to both overcome extreme adversity and maintain a successful business simultaneously, Lisa was featured in the recent fall 2010 issue of the local Flair Magazine. Her energy and creativity helped her maintain status as one of the area’s leading business women. Family, friends and loyal employees are dedicated to carrying on her vision.

Lisa will be remembered for the grace and endurance she displayed throughout her 8-1/2 year ordeal with ovarian cancer. She was a great and loyal friend and inspired all that knew her. Truly, her kindness and generosity knew no limits. Lisa had a natural gift for making everyone she encountered feel better about their own lives. “Lisa Sunshine” chased rainbows and sunsets throughout the world and seemed to always be on an adventure of some kind. Now she has embarked on the greatest adventure of all. She will be missed.

Survivors include husband Mark Budke, both of her parents, sisters Debra Spain, Patrice Rivers and husband Bill, Jamie Ryan Neff and Aimee Crow, nieces and nephews, Renee Beal, Amanda Spain, Chris and Leslie Rivers, Ryan and Brett Neff, Heather and Tyler Crow, sisters-in-law Laurie Budke, Mary Franza and husband Al, niece Jessica Franza, brother-in-law David Budke, and Lisa’s beloved dog, Rita.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th, Bryan, TX, 77803, (979)821-2266.


  1. Lisa was the most generous and the most kind person I have ever met. She will be so greatly missed by all of us.

  2. Lisa was the most beautiful and caring person to all people that I have ever known. We met in school and have been friends since. I have worked with her for 34 years and they were the best. Lisa will always be in my heart and I will never forget her. She is at peace now.
    With All My Love,
    Suzette Edmonds

  3. I have only met Lisa a few times and thought she was so beautiful and full of life. She is such a strong person. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family. She will be missed.

  4. Kim and myself are very sorry to hear about Lisa. Let us know if there’s anything we can do for you. We’re here for you if you need us.

  5. What a great loss. Lisa was such a wonderful woman full of life and love. I never saw her without a smile on her face and never a bad thing to say. She will always be in my heart and her spirit will be with me. She was an angel.

  6. to Lisa….my guppy.
    I had cried a river for eight years. Now it’s a flood. I thank God for sending you to me and elevating my life to heights I don’t deserve.
    your guppy

  7. I was blessed to work with Lisa several years ago, if even for a short time. I will always remember how kind, sweet, and generous she was. Lisa was a real blessing to everyone she came across in life. To her husband, family, and friends, I send my condolences and prayers.I am deeply sorry for your loss.

  8. Lisa must have all of Heaven laughing and blushing with the stories her clients told while performing her “Magic” in that chair. RIP

  9. Gerald:
    I read about Lisa in the Eagle last Wednesday. I wish I knew what to say.
    You know how I feel.
    I’m sorry I won’t be at the 7F Lodge Sunday, but my mobility is less than it was when
    we went to The Field of Honor.
    Next time you are here, please give me a call.

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