Aria Dorothy Ryan

August 1, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Aria Dorothy Ryan passed away Monday, August 1, 2022 in the arms of her parents at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC after a hard fought battle with Infant Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia.

Aria was diagnosed with leukemia on Thanksgiving 2021 and immediately began chemotherapy treatment at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital, which she managed with unimaginable strength. With an infectious smile, piercing blue eyes and warrior spirit, she quickly became a favorite of the nurses and doctors who cared for her. During her hospital stays, Aria loved playing on her play mat, reading books and inquisitively watching to make sure the nurses were giving her the perfect care. The Street (Sesame) became a daily routine at 11 and listening to Elmo sing the letter of the day was an absolute highlight. Aria had to go through countless, grueling treatment regimens, but you would never have known it.  The grace and sheer joy this little girl had were unparalleled and forever an inspiration.  Between treatments, Aria thrived at home making the most of the time she had and getting plenty of snuggles and kisses from her favorite big sis, her dog, Marley.  She loved daily walks around the neighborhood, rocking in her swing and if you wanted to get the biggest smile, going for a stroll in her little pink car was the trick. She would give you the biggest wave and smile as she passed and you knew without a doubt she was happy. 

She is survived by her parents, Michael and Rachael Ryan; her grandparents, Daniel and Laurie Carpenito and Richard and Kimberlee Ryan; Aunts and Uncles, Ashley and Jeff Coble, Amanda Ryan and Josh Carpenito and cousin, Kathryn Coble, along with countless family members and friends who have loved and supported her.

A private memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Chapel in Charlotte.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Heist Brewery (Barrel Arts Location), 1030 Woodward Avenue in Charlotte.  (Casual attire or something that Aria would like.)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Aria’s Go Fund Me at  The family will utilize the funds to honor her legacy by creating an organization or partnership in her name to help benefit other families following the same path.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • LaTosha Reed-Gatling

    Prayers and with deepest sympathies to the family and friends. May God comfort and hold you through and through.


  • Keturah (Novant)

    Aria was a ray sunshine.? She will forever be missed.?
    My deepest sympathies are with you and your family. May God grant you the strength to bear this irreparable loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Keturah

  • Kathy Maffett

    I am so sorry, my heart is broken for all of you. Praying God’s love, comfort, peace and strength will carry you and knowing your precious angel baby Aria is healed and in the loving arms of Jesus. Love and prayers,

  • Sue and Drew Shepard

    We are so sorry for your loss of your precious Aria. Though we didn’t know her, I can tell from the comments that she was special, brave and a joy to be around! Our prayers are with the family for comfort, healing and guidance going forward.

  • Cameron

    Our family is so sorry for you and yours. Our praise, prayers and condolences go out to Aria, her parents, and everyone that she touched their heart. May peace be with you all and strength be with you in the times that come. May you succeed in your endeavors to establish something in her memory to help others on your path.

  • Kelsey & Braden Leenerts

    We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken for you. We did not know Aria but, we were touched by her joy and bravery and will always remember her. We love you all very much. We are thinking of and praying for you all fervently.

    With all our love and deepest condolences,
    Kelsey & Braden

  • Candace Sveda

    Michael and Rachael, and all family,

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Your darling little girl is now an angel watching over you all.
    I know you will do lovely things in her memory .
    She has shown us how precious “ time” is on this earth… one of God’s greatest gifts.
    God bless you all.
    Candy Sveda, and Brian McDonnell

  • Prince

    Accept my condolences and the Lord knows best.
    I know the little angel is rejoicing in heaven

  • Jonie Davis

    Arias big smile is what I see when I hear her name. Her aunt Mandy always made sure we had updated pictures of her. She will be remembered as the little Warrior she was. Rest in his arms Aria.

  • Michael & Georgia Hataway

    We have shared in the delight Aria brought as well as the struggle she so bravely fought. You have our deepest condolences and prayers and know we will all find comfort in the knowledge that Aria is peaceful and happy. God bless my friend. Keep the faith!

    Michael & Georgia Hataway

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