Bryant, Joyce Leiser (Geddes)
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Feb 16, 1926 - Dec 7, 2012
Grand Island, NE. Passed away Friday at age 86 at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island. Mrs. Bryant was born in Grand Island, the daughter of Glenn Hamilton and Maude Hazel (Leiser) Geddes. She grew up in Grand Island and attended Dodge Elementary School, Wasmer Elementary School, Barr Junior High School, and Grand Island Senior High School, graduating as Salutatorian in 1944. She was a Job's Daughters Queen, and President of the High School's Student Council. She attended the College of Home Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education in 1948. She was President of Mortar Board and Treasurer of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, of which she was a 60-year member. She was a member of Phi Upsilon Epsilon Home Economics Honorary. After teaching Home Economics at Barr Junior High School and later at Grand Island Senior High School, she married Gerald Dale Bryant on June 4, 1955, at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Grand Island. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren in 2005. She was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church and Mary Circle at the Church; past President of P.E.O. Chapter EZ; Red Cross volunteer; YMCA member; Tuesday Book Club; Grand Island Literacy Council; past President of the Grand Island Area Graduate Home Economists; Grand Island Concert Association member; and was a Cub Scout and 4-H leader. Wasmer Elementary School's Parent-Teacher Association selected her as a lifetime member in recognition of her volunteer efforts. Mrs. Bryant and her husband attended numerous Grand Island Public Schools athletic and fine arts events during his long-time career as a school administrator. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, oil and acrylic painting, cooking, gardening, playing bridge, genealogy, and traveling. She focused on her life on her Christian faith, family, and friends, and particularly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She faced adversity with faith and a positive attitude; appreciated the loving care that nursing home, hospice, and other medical staff provided; and treasured many long-time friendships. Survivors include her husband, Gerald Bryant of Grand Island; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Lee G. and Rae Bryant, Houston, TX, and Jay S. and Gina Bryant, West Windsor, NJ; 1 daughter, Carol L. Bryant, Grand Island; 2 grand-daughters, Emma and Isabel Bryant, West Windsor; 1 grandson, Jeffrey Bryant, Houston; and 26 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Maude Geddes; and 1 sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Ken Newhouse.
SERVICES 11am Tuesday, December 11, at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Sylvia Karlsson officiating. Burial, Grand Island Cemetery. VISITATION 4-7pm Monday at Apfel Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to: St. Pauls Lutheran Church, or the Stuhr Museum Foundation. Online condolences may be directed to the family at: www.apfelfuneralhome.com
APFEL FUNERAL HOME
1123 W. 2nd St. Grand Island, NE 68801
Published in Omaha World-Herald on Dec. 10, 2012