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Sheila Ann Bryant

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Sheila Ann Bryant, 49, 2006 Woodlawn Ave., passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at UPMC Hamot. She was born in Erie, Pa., on February 2, 1963, daughter of Johnnie Mae Bryant of Erie. A lifelong resident of Erie, she was a 1981 graduate of East High School where she was valedictorian of her class. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Communications and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Development from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Sheila was employed as a teacher for GECAC Headstart and had previously taught at Growing Places and KinderCare. She enjoyed reading, exploring the internet, gardening, shopping, watching the cooking channels and photography. She was an excellent artist who loved learning and spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Mary and Oscar Carr; her paternal grandparents, Thomas and Essie Bryant; three uncles, Willie and Eddie Carr and Richard Lockett; and two aunts, Barbara Grayson and Olivia Bryant. In addition to her mother, Johnnie Mae Bryant, she leaves to cherish her memory five brothers, Oliver Bryant and wife Lynn of Virginia, Craig Bryant of Harrisburg, Pa., Michael Bryant and wife Ishia, Oliver Williams and Daniel Bryant, all of Erie; seven sisters, Debora Lugo and husband Eduardo, Lisa Bryant and husband Jerome Pettis, Michelle Carr, Adrienne, Naomi, Anita and Marita Bryant, all of Erie; grandmother, Ruby Parker Carr; uncles, Oscar Carr, Jr. of Arizona, Arthur Carr, Donald Ginnery, James Parker, Andre Carr and wife Cindy, all of Erie; aunts, Hattie Johnson, Evelyn Carr, Diane McQueen, Marilyn Cole and husband Rev. Michael Cole, all of Erie; special friends of the family, Curtis Barnett, Jake and Rebekah Hollaman, Thoai Tran and Joann Robinson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Friends may visit with the family on Monday (today), 5 to 8 p.m., at House of Prayer Baptist Church, 155 E. 21st St., with words from the family beginning at 7 p.m. A service will be held at the church on Tuesday, 1 p.m., conducted by Rev. Michael Cole, her brother-in-law. Interment in Lakeside Cemetery. Funeralization by House of Law Inc., 9406 Frankstown Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

Published in the Erie Times-News on Oct. 8, 2012
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