NANCY HARRIS BRYANT
The Guest Book is expired.
Nancy Jean Harris was born 12/4/1934 to Mildred Rhoades Harris and Leonard Harris in Peoria, Ill. Her family moved to Arizona in 1946 and settled in Ajo. There, for her 8th grade, Nancy was chosen class president and created this motto:
"I live for those who love me, for those who love me true, for the heaven that is above me and waits my coming, too, for the cause that needs assistance, for the wrongs that need resistance, for the future in the distance and the good that I can do."
Nancy graduated and moved on to NAU in Flagstaff where she met Robert Hill of Nogales, AZ. They wed in a ceremony in Ajo and later moved to Nogales, where in 1955 they purchased the Arizona Optical Co. which they ran together and built a house and had two children, Robert Jr. and Suzanne Hill. This marriage ended in 1974.
Nancy later reconnected with her high-school sweetheart from Ajo; she and Richard Bryant wed in 1976 and began their life together in Ajo. They bought the Dairy Queen, ran the Desert Dairy & Ice Co. and the mail from Ajo to Phoenix. Dick brought 2 children to the family, Kathy and another Robert. They retired to Green Valley in the early 1990s, traveled to vacation homes in Pinetop and Cholla Bay, and enjoyed life together.
Nancy was an accomplished pianist and began in high school playing for the Rotary club, school functions and church events as organist. It was a lifelong love. So was her family and she lived her motto with family, her church and her friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a stepfather William Truitt, her husband Dick Bryant, stepson Robert Bryant, Nadine and Robert Bryant, Robert Hill Sr. and his parents Mabel and Earl Hill. She is survived by her fiance Joseph Hajek, her brother Thomas Harris (Carolyn), her in-laws Sandra Bryant, Dorothy and Frank Westerlund, Robert Hill Jr. (Jenny), Suanne Maya, Kathy Faubion (Robert), 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Nancy left for the "heaven that waited her coming" the 9th of January 2014 with the hands of her family upon her. A memorial for her will be held at the Green Valley Community Church at the corner of Esperanza and La Caada on Jan. 25. 2014, at 2 p.m.
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Jan. 22, 2014