Mary Jo Bryan
Funeral services for Mary Jo Bryan, 80, Elgin, SC formerly of Lawrence were held on Thursday at Faith Church of the Nazarene in Camden, S.C. Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016 in Eudora Cemetery, Eudora, Kansas.
Mary Jo was born in upstate New York, raised in Ohio and New York in the Castskill Mountains. She was a graduate of Margaretville Central School. She later moved to Kansas, where she met and married Robert Bryan. They married Dec. 30th, 1954. Robert preceded Mary Jo in death in 2003.
Mary Jo was mainly a homemaker and factory worker. After her husband passed away she moved to Elgin, S.C. She was a member of Faith Church of the Nazarene. Mary Jo loved motorcycles and traveling with her husband.
She is survived by daughters, Linda Jenssen of Rossville, KS, and Darlene McCleery of Eudora, KS; son, Robert “Bob” Bryan of Wellington, MO; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Ford of Deltona, FL and Evelyn Carter of Corpus Christie, TX; brother, Paul Liddle of Salem, IL. She was predeceased by sisters, Lillian Wagoner and Gladys Affholter; brother, Alfred Mackey; and an infant great-grandson, Joel Travis Reese.
mary jo and i met when her husband and my mother had passed away. she became a second mother to me and i loved her dearly as i did my own mother. i know without doubt she is with Jesus and her husband now. she is gone; but the memories we shared together will always be with me. God gave the two of us a special bond that even death can’t take away.
DON’T GRIEVE FOR ME, FOR NOW I’M FREE
I’M FOLLOWING THE PATH GOD HAS LAID YOU SEE.
I TOOK HIS HAND WHEN I HEARD HIS CALL
I TURNED MY BACK AND LEFT IT ALL
I COULD NOT STAY ANOTHER DAY
TO LAUGH, TO LOVE, TO WORK OR PLAY
TASKS LEFT UNDONE MUST STAY THAT WAY
I FOUND THE PEACE AT THE CLOSE OF THE DAY
IF MY PARTING HAS LEFT A VOID
THEN FILL IT WITH REMEMBERED JOYS
A FRIENDSHIP SHARED, A LAUGH , A KISS
OH YES; THESE THINGS I TOO WILL MISS
BE NOT BURDENED WITH TIMES OF SORROW
I WISH YOU THE SUNSHINE OF TOMORROW
MY LIFE’S BEEN FULL, I SAVORED MUCH
GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD TIMES, A LOVED ONES TOUCH
PERHAPS MY TIME SEEMED ALL TOO BRIEF
DON’T LENGTHEN IT NOW WITH UNDUE GRIEF
LIFT UP YOUR HEART, AND PEACE TO THEE
GOD WANTED ME NOW; HE HAS SET ME FREE
Mary Jo was very loved. She will always hold a special place in my heart and the hearts of my husband and children. Til we go flying down the side of a mountain again in Heaven, RIP.
Mary Jo, although I only got to know you through our dear friend Peggy, I wanted to say how much joy you brought to her over the years. You came into her life at a very hard time and gave her 11 yrs of a second mom. I know you are at peace and enjoying your journey with our Lord Jesus.
I will always remember Mary for her beautiful hand writing. We knew Mary and Bob through CMA (Christian Motorcylists Associaton) thru the Lawrence chapter Heaven’s Angels. I was privileged to take a trip back to upstate New York for her 50th class reunion.