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Jeanne C. Gmeiner
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Jeanne C. Gmeiner passed away to be with the Lord in heaven in Hendersonville, N.C. on Jan. 8,2013. She was born in Greenville, S.C. on July 21, 1918, to E. Phillip Cushman and Frances Hawkins Cushman.
She graduated from Converse College where she studied classical languages. She married the late Reed Bryan, Jr., and they lived together in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he was mayor. Jeanne was president of the Junior Service League where she launched several projects including a thrift shop and cook book to raise money for charity.
Jeanne married Wilfred "Toot" Gmeiner in 1968 and they resided in Hendersonville and Detroit. During the summers in Detroit, they sailed the Great Lakes, where Toot had been Commodore of Detroit Yacht Club and Bayview Yacht Club.
Jeanne was a brilliantly intelligent woman, as well as being funny, generous and kind, optimistic and beautiful. She was very fashion conscious and had been elected by the Ft. Lauderdale Daily News as one of the 10 best dressed women in south Florida. She was loved by everyone.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Anne Bryan Bell, of Key Largo, Fla., and her stepson, Douglas Gmeiner.
She survived by her son, Reed A. Bryan III, (Susan), of Ft. Lauderdale Fla.; daughter, Camille Bryan Riley, of Mills River, N.C.; stepson, Frank Gmeiner, and stepdaughter, Nancy Fife Gibson. She is also survived by hosts of cousins, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe St. Hendersonville, N.C. (828-692-6114)
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Jeanne's honor, to a charity of your choice, or the Hendersonville Rescue Mission. An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements. Jeanne Cushman Gmeiner truly made a difference in the world and remains in the hearts of all who knew her.

Published in The Times-News from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2013
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