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Doris Bryant

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Doris R. Bryant

1924-2013 CANAAN, CT Doris R. Bryant, 88, passed away on August 20, 2013 at her home on Segalla Court in Canaan, Conn. Born October 20, 1924 in Sullivan, Indiana she was the daughter of Walter and Beulah McGuire Reeves. She was a graduate of Purdue University in Indiana where she earned her BS degree in Dietetics. Doris was a dedicated wife and mother. She married her husband, the late Francis E. Bryant on April 29, 1945 in West Lafayette, Indiana. In 1946 the couple moved to the Endicott and Vestal, N.Y. area which is where they lived for almost 60 years, until 2005, when they moved to Conn to be closer to their daughter Terry. Following the death of her husband, their son John moved to Canaan to care for Mrs. Bryant for the rest of her life. While living in Vestal, N.Y., and once her children were grown, Mrs. Bryant went back to school where she earned her Master's degree in education from SUNY Cortland. She taught elementary school at the Vestal Central School System in Vestal, N.Y. until retiring in 1981. For over 20 years in retirement, Doris and her husband delivered meals for Meals on Wheels. She also was a longtime volunteer at her church, Union Presbyterian Church in Endicott. She is survived by her daughter, Teresa "Terry" Bryant Wise and her husband Jay of Stockbridge; her son and longtime caregiver, John T. Bryant of Canaan, Conn.; her son, James "Jim" Bryant and his wife Linda Davis of Kilmarnock, Va.; four grandchildren, Maclain Reeves Bryant of Winston-Salem, N.C., Peter T. Wise and his wife Sara Katzoff of Hudson, N.Y., Elizabeth "Betsy" Wise of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Margot R. Wise and her husband Daniel Shaw of Seattle, Wash.; along with her niece, Susan Hoke Wamsley and her nephews, Steven and Walter Hoke and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis E. Bryant, who died on May 9, 2007 as well as her sister, Bessie Reeves Hoke. FUNERAL NOTICE: The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Geer Village, 77 South Canaan Rd, Canaan, Conn followed by music and a time to share memories from 2 to 3 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite memory of Doris. Donations in memory of the late Doris R. Bryant may be made to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome County through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, who is caring for the arrangements. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 31, 2013
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