Rita Bryan

Rita G. Bryan

Thursday, February 12th, 1948 - Thursday, February 28th, 2019
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Rita Gay Bryan, age 71, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at her home.

She was born on February 12, 1948 in Joplin, Mo. the daughter of Neal and Bobbie (Wright) Wade. She was married on November 3, 1966 in Galena, Ks. to James Bryan and her three sons were born from this marriage.

Rita grew up in Galena, Ks. and graduated from Galena High School.

A resident of Jefferson City for the majority of her life, Rita worked for Scholastic and the Missouri Lottery for a brief period. She retired from working in inventory merchandising at the Gerbes Superstores. When her boys were younger, she also loved staying home with them and babysitting other children.

Rita possessed a strong faith and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a humble, compassionate and generous person who always put family first. Her prize possessions were the friendships that she collected throughout her life. She enjoyed spending time with her sorority sisters with the Preceptor Theta, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority since 1977 and some of her dearest friends came from this group. She volunteered her time at the Blair Oaks Elementary School and attended events at the Learning Retirement Group. Rita cherished time with her children and grandchildren; attending every sporting event and was the family’s number one fan. She also loved being outdoors, especially water activities: water skiing on the lake, floating down the river, or a family vacation at the ocean. Within all these facets of her life, she fostered and cherished each and every one. Most of all she had a free spirit and always greeted everyone with a smile.

Survivors include: three sons, Darrin Bryan (wife Lisa) of Virginia Beach, Va., Eric Bryan (wife Stacy) of Jefferson City, Mo. and Corey Bryan (wife Stephanie) of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Nancy Porter of Broken Arrow, Ok.; two brothers, Dennis Wade (wife Lola) of Galena, Ks. and Philip Wade (wife Stacey) of Ennis, Tx.; seven grandchildren, Nicole Bryan, Lauren Strange, Dylan Bryan, Reese Bryan, Colten Bryan, Carter Bryan and Parker Bryan; long-time friend, Anabeth Graham (husband John); and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Eugene Porter.

Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Memorial services will be conducted at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Daniel Hilty officiating.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Special Learning Center, Blair Oaks Booster Club or the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City to honor Rita’s passion for taking care of children.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    201 Monroe Street
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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 5:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    201 Monroe Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Daniel Hilty


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Aaron thompson

Posted at 01:03pm
Darrin I am so sorry for you and your family. Olivia and I are with you and send thoughts and prayers your way. Live you brother. Aaron
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Joan Reineke

Posted at 05:56am
So sorry to see this news. I worked with Rita at the lottery and it was always a joy to be around her. Her unfailing sense of humor made our days much brighter. Sad to lose this caring lady.

Stephanie Bryan Posted at 07:35pm

Thanks Joan, she will be dearly missed by all! Thank you for your kind words!

Lorie Taylor

Posted at 02:20pm
I met Rita when she would come to Ellsworth Kansas with my sister Barbara Register to visit my dad Charlie Sharp. Rita always had a smile for everyone. I remember dad's 100 birthday, she made sweat shirt and pants with I am 100 years old on them. He wore them proud. My prayers to all of Rita's friends and family. With love and hugs to all Lorie Taylor

Stephanie Bryan Posted at 07:36pm

Rita loved Barbara and was so sad when she passed away, I am comforted knowing they are back together again. Thank you for the kind words, we will all miss her dearly. She touched so many lives!

Trish Reed

Posted at 08:38am
To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family. I hadn't seen Rita in quite some time, but Rita was my son's babysitter when he was very little. She was great and I always felt that she made her home a second home for him. She also was a fun person to be around. She always made me laugh. She will be missed.

Stephanie Bryan Posted at 07:39pm

I didn't know that Trish, she loved kids so much and she was a ton of fun! Thank you for the kind words, we will miss her dearly.

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