Ellen Rose Bryant

27 October, 193110 January, 2021

NORMAL ~ Ellen Rose Bryant, 89, of Normal, passed away at 10:47 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Heritage Health in Bloomington. She was formerly of Pekin.

Born October 27, 1931 in Peoria to William and Amelia (Bauer) Brickner, she married Paul Edward Bryant on August 5, 1949 in Peoria. He died December 8, 2007 in Normal. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister and four brothers.

Surviving are two sons, Paul Edward Bryant, Jr. of Springfield and Stephen Michael (Kerrie Huizinga) Bryant of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Dr. Amanda (Zach) Carlson of Madison, Wisconsin, Dr. Natalie Beth Bryant of Tucson, Arizona and Lucy Bryant of Bloomington; one great-granddaughter, Fiona Rose Carlson and one brother, Robert (Kay) Brickner of Mapleton.

Rose and her husband, Paul opened and operated Spud Nut Donuts in Pekin in 1953 and retired in 2000.

She enjoyed golfing, riding horses and bowling. Rose thoroughly enjoyed reading her Bible daily and watching religious programs on television.

Rose was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Steve Weber will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Guidelines regarding social distancing and wearing of masks will be followed. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to Faith in Action of Bloomington – Normal, 600 East Willow Street, #201, Normal, Illinois 61761.

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Keith Sutton

14 January 2021

In 1964 thru 1966, I worked at a Deep Rock gas station directly across the street from the Spudnut Shop. During that time, I was in their shop probably 100 times or more. Loved their Spudnuts and coffee. I ate some almost every day I worked. I talked to Paul and Rose many times then and really liked them. They were very nice to me. I still love the Spudnuts. Rest in peace Rose. My condolences to the family.