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Rose Marie Bryant

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Rose Marie Bryant Rose Marie Bryant, October 10, 1920-August 3, 2010, age 89, of Tallahassee, FL, peacefully passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at her home with her husband of 64 years at her side. Rose was the beloved wife of Sterling A. Bryant, Sr.; the loving mother of Veronica (Gatrousis), Delores Bryant, Mary Bryant, Lorena (Lolly) (Holk), Sterling Bryant, Jr., and M. Christopher Bryant; the adoring grandmother of nine grandchildren Nick Lanier, Cathy Hazlip, Christen Perry, Carla McClinton, Clay Holk, Jordan and Julia Bryant and Andrew and Daniel Bryant; and the doting great grandmother of six, Jenna and Lindsey Hazlip, Corinna and Rebecca Lanier, and Libby and Jonathan Perry. Born in Lucinda, PA, to Carl Rudolph and Irene Schill Mock, she is survived by bother Carl Mock, sisters-in-law Shirley Mock, Annabell Mock, and sisters Lenore Lutz and Eileen Altman, and many, many nieces and nephews. Rose Marie's own mother died when Rose was 16, forcing her to drop out of high school to rear her own siblings as her first family. At the beginning of WWII she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps. While stationed in San Antonio, TX, she met the love of her life, a young, handsome, airman, a Purple-Heart-decorated Staff Sergeant from Mississippi, Sterling Bryant, who had returned from the battlefield in the skies over Europe. They were married December 18, 1945, in Fort Worth, TX, surrounded by loving family and friends. Immediately after the war, they moved to Starkville, MS, where Sterling earned a master's degree in Education from Mississippi State, and Rose worked as a nurse for the Eckford Clinic. When they moved to Tallahassee, FL, in 1954, they immediately joined Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She was a devout and hardworking member of St. Ann's Circle, the Women's Guild, the Church Choir, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help Circle. For many years she was a community organizer in the March of Dimes, the Girl Scouts and Church Women United. She was an avid gardener, with a green thumb so profound that she could root a stick. She loved sharing plants with her children, friends and neighbors. Today gardens all over Tallahassee are full of plants propagated by her. Until the age of 80, she was an active farmer's wife on the 80 acres she and Sterling owned in Gadsden County; on any given day could be found herding cattle, treating them in sickness, and helping calves be born; in her spare time at the farm, she canned tomatoes, figs, and other fruits which she shared with all she loved. She was an avid and creative quilter (she called it her therapy) and hand made quilts for each of her children and grandchildren as well as lap quilts that she donated to The Gabriel Project. The loss felt by our family is hardly bearable, so beautiful and generous a soul was she. We throw ourselves on the Sacred Heart of Jesus for succor and live with the knowledge of her greeting us when our time has come. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. EDT, Saturday, August 7, 2010, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with burial at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. EDT, at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home-Riggins Road Chapel, with a Rosary being said at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Social Services or to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Women's Guild.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2010
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