Norma Bess Norman Bryan, born January 4, 1924, in Kirvin, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 7, 2010, from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the atrium of the First Baptist Church of Bryan. The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Graveside services will immediately follow at Bryan City Cemetery. John Free, Minister of Adults at First Baptist, will officiate.
Norma Bryan grew up in Arlington, Texas. Her mother, sister and she moved to Bryan when she was in the eighth grade. Her father died when Norma was only nine years old. Her mother worked very hard to make ends meet during the depression and raise Norma and her younger sister, Grace Ann.
Norma met Travis Bryan Jr. at Bryan High School and married him on June 1, 1946. They lived their entire sixty-three years of marriage in one home, 612 S. Hutchins, Bryan Texas. Norma’s priorities were Jesus Christ, her
husband, raising her two sons, and providing a warm and beautiful home for her family. She was an excellent cook, following the tradition of her mother
and grandmother. Her yard was the neighborhood playground for all her sons’ childhood friends. Today many of these men consider her to be their second mother. Her sons will always carry in their hearts the sage advice
and Biblical wisdom she continued to impart to them throughout their lives. On the last evening of her life, she spent thirty minutes explaining to her eldest son how the simple gospel of Christ should be proclaimed.
Norma was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Bryan for sixty-three years. She taught an Adult Women’s Sunday school class there for many years. She also taught a Bible class for women at the Bryan Federal Prison Camp for nine years. She loved the scriptures and drew her strength from God’s Word.
Norma was also an artist. Out of her dedication to home and hearth, she developed a great talent for interior decorating. She collected and sold
antiques but her specialty was the blending and mixing of colors. She was always willing to devote her talent to help improve the beauty of her friends’ homes. Norma had many women friends in the community and she loved spending time with them.
In summary, Norma Bryan was the consummate loving wife and devoted mother, an elegant woman of virtue. She lived out her Christian faith.
Norma Bess Norman Bryan is preceded in death by her husband Travis B. Bryan Jr., and her father and mother, W. H. and Grace Mayo Norman.
She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Travis B. Bryan III and wife Rebecca of Bryan and Timothy Norman Bryan of Bryan; five grand children and their spouses, Austin Wood Bryan and wife, Rebecca, of Georgetown, Rebecca Bryan Leeper and Chad of Eagle, Colorado, William Joel Bryan VI and Pam of the Woodlands, Emily Bryan Bullion and Lewis of Katy and Elizabeth Bryan Landgraf and Ian of College Station; great grandchildren William Travis Bryan, Hannah Claire Landgraf, Nathan Chad Leeper, William Joel Bryan, VII, Wyatt Jennings Bryan, Jackson Bryan Landgraf, and Rebecca Lucille Leeper, Robert Henry Bryan, and Caroline Grace Bullion. She is also survived by her sister, Grace Ann Carr, and her niece, Kim Carr.
Pallbearers will be William Travis Bryan, Austin Bryan, William Joel Bryan VI, Chad Leeper, Lewis Bullion, and Ian Langraf.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Bryan Building Fund or a charity of donor’s choice.
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