BURLINGTON - Margaret Johnson Bryan, 91, of The Village at Brookwood, died peacefully in her sleep Dec. 19, 2013, after a brief illness. As she wished, she was surrounded by her family and friends for the past several weeks.
She was predeceased by her husband, Francis Lee Bryan Jr.; parents, Manie King Johnson and Percy Trantham Johnson; sisters, Memory Johnson McBride and Mary Catherine Harden; and brothers, Percy Trantham "Pete" Johnson and LeGrand King Johnson.
Margaret was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Winston-Salem, N.C., and was a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, formerly Women's College, earning degrees in English and Journalism. She moved with her family to Burlington in 1954 and reared her children in Elon College, where she resided until she moved to The Village at Brookwood in 2003.
She led a very active and fulfilling life, raising five children and working for 30 years at First Federal Savings and Loan. Yet she still found time to volunteer for many of her favorite causes, including Alamance Regional Hospital, First Presbyterian Church and, in later years, The Village at Brookwood. Margaret was particularly involved with First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon, church historian, president of the Mary Dick Class, and was named an Honorary Life Member by the Women of the Church in 1997.
She is survived by her children, Lee Bryan III and wife Connie, of Winston-Salem and Greenville, S.C., Steve Bryan and wife Ann of Greensboro, Dr. Michael Bryan of Raleigh, Peggy Bryan Morrison and husband Danny of Charlotte, and Mimi Bryan Escobar and husband Carlos of Raleigh. She also is survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff at The Village at Brookwood, Home Care Providers and Hospice of Alamance-Caswell County for their thoughtful and compassionate support for Margaret and her family.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at First Presbyterian Church, 508 W. Davis Street, Burlington. Visitation will immediately follow in the church's John Knox Room.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations go to First Presbyterian Church, 508 W. Davis Street, Burlington, N.C., 27215 or the
Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com