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Kathryn M Bryan

February 9, 1944June 22, 2020

Kathryn McClanahan Bryan, 76, died peacefully in Dallas on June 22, 2020, surrounded by her 3 daughters.

She was born February 9, 1944 in Ada, Oklahoma, the second child of Mary Elizabeth (Moore) and F.I. McClanahan. She grew up in Paris, TX and was a graduate of Paris High School. She held Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Education and Master of Business Administration degrees from Texas A&M University - Commerce.

She worked as the Executive Director of Higher Education Servicing Corp in Arlington, TX from 1986 until her retirement in 2015 and helped make dreams come true for countless students by getting the funds they needed to attend college.

Kathryn was strong and fiercely independent, with a great sense of style. She loved to travel and was able to visit 6 of the 7 continents. She was a long-time member of the Republican Women of Arlington and enjoyed spending time with her ‘Tootsie’ friends. She was a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington. Her parents and a brother, William I. McClanahan, preceded her in death.

Kathryn is survived by her 3 daughters, Sheryl Helt (David) of Fort Worth; Diane Brock (Bill) of Bedford; Deborah Bryan (Dennis Crabtree) of Keller; a sister, Mary McEwin (Henry) of Weatherford; as well as 8 grandchildren, and numerous friends.

The family plans to have a celebration of her life once it is safe to gather.

Memorials: A scholarship has been established in Kathryn’s name at Paris Junior College. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be sent to the scholarship fund at PJC, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas 75460, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, or a charity of your choice.


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wendy Reznik

June 30, 2020

Debbie and family,
I know a mothers love last from our earthly world to a heavenly world . May her voice and love warm your heart and make you smile until you meet again.
Deepest sympathy
Wendy Reznik

Lisa Enos

June 30, 2020

Sheryl, Diane, and Debbie - I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom. I spent many days and nights at your house as a teenager and she was nothing but nice to me. And I was always a little star struck because she looked like a movie star! So beautiful and so classy! Nothing but fond memories...Wishing you all peace and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all!

Kathleen Johnson

June 28, 2020

Chuck & Cheryl Cox

June 28, 2020


Robert Young

June 28, 2020

Prayers for Bill, Di and the family, may KB be resting peacefully. May the fond memories help ease your pain and help healing😘.

Judy Schneider

June 27, 2020

Kathryn and I became friends when I was Director of Financial Aid at UTA. In the early 2000s, she invited me to speak at a finance meeting in Washington, DC, and secured an upgrade to First Class on our flight - my first upgrade, and she spoiled me with that to always be disappointed if I couldn't get one! When I left UTA in 2001, she gave me my first Blackberry - something I didn't know I needed by learned I couldn't live without! She talked me into taking golf lessons, followed by lots of fun on the links and at the driving range. Kathryn was a dear friend who taught me so much. She will be missed for her friendship and counsel. RIP, precious Kathryn.

Shanda Perkins

June 27, 2020

Kathryn was one of my favorite ladies to see at the RWA & ARC sponsored events. She was always so cheerful and dressed so patriotic and I loved her upbeat attitude about life. She was strong in her faith and country; always willing to go the extra mile for the future of this great nation. Kathryn was so faithful to attend any political event in helping move our state & nation forward to a more conservative mindset. I pray for the family who will miss her tremendously but know she is with her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.
God bless,
Shanda Perkins

Sue Looney

June 26, 2020

Kathryn was such a sweet and sincere person and always a pleasure to be with.
We shared many good years/times in our Tootsie group- including cruises/ trips and monthly activities.
She was much loved and will be missed.

Holly Quinn

June 25, 2020

To All the Family:
Kathryn will be missed so much. She was a very classy lady and a truly nice person. I’m going to miss her at our gatherings and all the laughs we all had. She had a wonderful career and family and you can be so proud of this wonderful Lady. All my love..her Tootsie friend Holly.

Cherri Lee

June 25, 2020

Kathryn was one of the sweetest & dignified ladies I have ever known. She bought me a set of light up pumpkins once and when I thanked her and asked why she did it, she said she enjoyed our friendship and thought I would enjoy them. Each time I put them out, I think of Kathryn and will forever. She will be missed by all her "Tootsie Sisters".

To her family: my sincere sympathy in this hard time. I do believe she has gone to claim her wings and watch over all of us.

Tootsie Cherri