Elizabeth Aril Bryant, 30, of Honesdale, died Tuesday afternoon, July 23, 2013, surrounded by the love and presence of her family after a courageous battle against cancer.
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Born Feb. 24, 1983, in Honesdale, she was the daughter of Arthur A. Bryant and Jane A. Case. Aril graduated from Honesdale High School in 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2005 from Muhlenberg College in photography. She loved sports, especially basketball, tennis and biking. She played basketball for both the Honesdale Hornets and the Muhlenberg Mules and in 2010 she was awarded the Scotty Wood Community Service Award by Muhlenberg College in recognition of her "community service and continued commitment to the betterment of society." After many years of travel and work Aril returned home to establish the retail fashion business, Freedlove, in Honesdale and Scranton, with her sister, Nadine. In addition to the running of the business Aril took a special interest in developing the online creative aspect; using her skills in photography, photoshop and design for the retail space, incorporating her cause for breast cancer. Aril coordinated and participated in breast cancer events such as the YSC 250-mile bike rides, the Jacksonville, Fla., 12-mile walk for breast cancer, the Susan G. Komen Walk, the Relay For Life and the Pink Party every year in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Aril had a loving spirit that was felt by all who knew her.
Aril is also survived by a brother, Kirby Bryant; a sister, Nadine Bryant; a loving fiancé, Easton van der Bogert; maternal grandfather, Charles Case; many aunts, uncles, cousins, countless friends and a large extended family. Her family and friends meant the world to her and her presence will live on in their hearts and minds.
Friends may visit Saturday, July 27, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.
To honor Aril's life and memory, everyone is encouraged to extend an act of kindness to someone today.
Aril's family wishes to thank the caring professionals at Highland Physicians, Wayne Memorial Home Health and Lehigh Valley Cancer Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in memory of Elizabeth Aril Bryant to the YSC (Young Cancer Survivors Coalition) at www.youngsurvival.org, click donate.
Arrangements are attended by the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 N. Main St., Honesdale, PA 18431.
Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home
1228 Main Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Published in Scranton Times on July 26, 2013