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Naomi Bryant September 5, 1914 – March 16, 2011

Naomi Bryant, daughter of Kenneth Burl (KB) and Ethel (Onstot) Scott, was born September 5, 1914 on the family farm west of Beaconsfield, Iowa. Naomi would live on this farm, which would become a family century farm, for nearly all of her life. Naomi was in the first class to graduate from the new Beaconsfield high school building.
    On May 3, 1933, she was united in marriage to Howard Bryant at the parsonage in Creston, Iowa. To this union were born three children, Billy Howard, Bobby Wayne and Beth Elaine.
    Naomi was a farm wife in every sense of the word. She worked alongside Howard and even had her own tractor that she drove. Naomi was a 4-H leader and basketball chaperone. Naomi was an active member of the 22 Club in Beaconsfield. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting. Naomi moved off the family farm in 2000 to live in Mount Ayr.
    She became a resident of the Mount Ayr Health Care Center and passed away on March 16, 2011 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, KB and Ethel Scott; husband, Howard Bryant on November 14, 2000; grandson, Douglas Wayne; great-grandchild, Bailey Bryant, and her sister, Alice Whitson.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Billy Bryant and wife Kathy of West Des Moines, Iowa, Bobby Bryant and wife Rae of Glen Rock, Wyoming and Beth Elaine Bryant of Arvada, Colorado; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.
    A memorial fund has been established to the Beaconsfield United Methodist Church.
    Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Saturday, March 19, 2011, with Rev. Rick Hawkins officiating. Organist was Nancy Sackett.
    Casket bearers included Larry Bryant, Steve Bryant, Matt O’Neal, Jimmy Bryant, John Stanley and Dan Stanley.
    Honorary pallbearers were Patrick Gilbert, Nathan Stanley, Jeff Gilbert, Deanna Gilbert, Courtney Ryan, Michelle Ryan, Taylor Bryant, Whitney Bryant and Becky Martinez.
    Naomi was laid at rest in the Grand River Cemetery in Grand River.


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