Mary Dale (McKee) Bryant
February 18, 1931 – February 10, 2021
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Mary Bryant of San Angelo, Texas passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Mrs. Bryant was retired from the Texas State Department of Human Services.
She was born at her Grannie McKee’s house in Sonora, Texas, February 18, 1931, to John Thomas and Sarah Taylor McKee who ranched in Sutton County, Texas. Growing up on the McKee Ranch she loved the ranching life. As a five-year old, she trained a horse to rear up on command as she passed Grannie’s window, giving her Grannie a start each time. She rode many horses but favored Sugar Lump and Chammy and relished reminiscing of her exploits with these horses.
She attended school in Sonora and later Fort Stockton, Pecos, and San Angelo. She is remembered for two notable accomplishments during her teen years in San Angelo. At age 17 she rescued a neighbor woman from a burning house on 13th Street. In the summer of 1949 San Angelo experienced the highest per capita rate of polio cases in the nation. During this period Mrs. Bryant worked as a nurse’s aide in the polio ward performing her duties in an isolation gown and mask.
Mary was talented. She was adept at sketching animals, in particular collie dogs and horses. She made stick horses for her little sister and younger cousins and revived that artwork in her retirement. Some of her patterns are still preserved. A Christmas short story she wrote, recounting a meeting with Santa who was wearing her daddy’s boots, was twice published in the local newspaper. She wrote her section of a Taylor family history book published in 2002, The Stories of the Taylors and Altizers and “Passing It On.”
Mary married Billie Lee Bryant in 1951. The couple had two children, Jerry, born in 1952 and Peggy, born in 1958. Mrs. Bryant worked in a number of area business including Safeway, “M” System, and Central National Bank prior to joining the Texas State Department of Human Services in 1980. She was recognized with several awards during her tenure with the state. In 1981 she was named Outstanding Receptionist of the Region and in 1982 she was twice recognized with quarterly awards. In 1984 Mrs. Bryant was named Employee of the Year for her Region. The award was presented to her by the State Commissioner and Regional Director of the Texas Department of Human Services.
Mary and her sister, Mattie, were baptized in 1948 at the Harris and Irving Street Church of Christ in San Angelo. She was a member of the Southgate Church of Christ and was delighted that her children had been baptized. She was devoted to her church family and they were steadfast in their love for her.
Since 2015 Mary has resided at the Meadow Creek Nursing Home. Her gregarious personality brightened many a person’s day and she loved to show new residents around the facility. She was twice elected Valentine Queen at Meadow Creek.
Mary is survived by her son, Jerry G. Bryant and daughter-in-law Deborah of Green Valley, AZ; daughter, Peggy Sue Aitches of San Angelo; grandson, Anton Aitches; great granddaughter, Elori Aitches, of San Angelo; and sister, Mattie Mae McKee of San Angelo, Frost McKee and sister-in-law Joni of Pflugerville; nephews, Kyle, Josh and Mark Mckee, and numerous Altizer, Taylor and McKee cousins and their families.
The funeral will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Southgate Church of Christ, 528 Country Club Road, San Angelo, Texas 76904. The family welcomes your in-person attendance adhering to social distancing and wearing masks. Alternatively, you may attend virtually by visiting:
The service will be officiated by Paul Shero. Interment will follow at the Fairmount Cemetery, 1100 W Ave. N., San Angelo, Texas. In lieu of flowers you may wish to consider a donation to Mary’s favorite organization, the San Angelo Christian Academy, 518 Country Club Road, San Angelo, Texas 76904.
The family thanks everyone who was kind and helpful to Mary and the Meadow Creek Nursing Home Staff for their loving care of her. May you cherish your memories of her as we do. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.johnsons-funeralhome.com
- Jerry G. Bryant (Deborah), Son
- Peggy Sue Aitches, Daughter
- Anton Aitches, Grandson
- Elori Aitches, Great Granddaughter
- Mattie Mae McKee, Sister
- Frost McKee (Joni), Brother
- Kyle McKee, Nephew
- Josh McKee, Nephew
- Mark McKee, Nephew
- And numerous Altizer, Taylor and McKee cousins and their families.
The San Angelo Christian Academy
518 Country Club Rd, San Angelo, Texas 76904
Celebration of Life Service
Southgate Church of Christ
Mary Dale (McKee) Bryant
February 21, 2021
I met sweet Mary about 5 years ago at Meadowcreek where my mom resides. Mary was a very sweet person and we became good friends.. We shared many times with her(lunch, cake,Christmas,Halloween, birthdays, Valentines,etc) -my mom and I will truly miss her-when I would visit my mom -Mary was always there with a sweet hello and a hug. Unfortunately when Covid hit we weren’t able to visit inside and I truly missed all the residents especially Mary since she was ‘one of my favorites’ - the last time I saw Mary was thru the window on Mother’s day 2020 we had booked a mariachi to play some songs for My mom for Mother’s Day at the nursing home due to Covid the mariachi had to play outside the window for my mom. Mary and Mrs Dehoyas also enjoyed the music with my mom, those 3 ladies were really great friends. Mary became a part of our family even our chihuahua has a picture with her. I remember Mary would always ask me when my birthday was and the last few years I’d give out birthday invitations and I’d celebrate my birthday with my mom and a few of the ‘special’ ladies that were like ‘’my other moms’ and that was my moment to Thank these ladies for being a ‘Special’ part of my life and tell them how much I loved them-I think Mary was more excited about celebrating my birthday then I was or maybe it was because she was looking forward to having some ice cream birthday cake(lol). Through the years we shared lots of laughs, conversations, hugs and lots of cake(lol). Mary will always have a special place in my heart-I will miss her hugs and her sweet smile❤️😢❤️ Thank you for sharing her with my Mom and I -we will truly miss her❤️
February 16, 2021
My condolences to the family, may you find comfort in your many wonderful memories and in the loving support of God and family.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4
February 16, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. We miss visiting with y’all. I know she and your Mother are smiling down right now on you Mattie Mae.
Sincerely, Kay and Gena Franks
February 14, 2021
Mary and Mom, Mary Hartman were nabors at Meadow creek nursing home. They became great friends and enjoyed lots of fun. Mary was so kind to everyone, I never heard her complain, she will be missed, loved her.
February 14, 2021
I knew Mary, her mom, & her daughter, Peggy for many years. Mary was the kind of person, who was always concerned about others, and not herself. She had a sweet and kind disposition, often in the midst of troubling times. Her obituary mentions some of those very important times she carried others' burdens, upon her shoulders.
I am blessed for having known Mary. Rest well, Mary!
February 13, 2021
Mary Dale made my time in San Angelo while attending the university so much fun. She made me feel welcome and loved. My mom ,Margaret, always had the best stories about growing up around Mary Dale. She dearly loved her children, always speaking of them. She was truly a good, sweet, fun loving person. She will be missed by all who knew her.
February 13, 2021
The thing I remember most about my cousin Mary Dale was that she always had a smile on her face and a good thing to say about everyone. A light has gone out here but a brighter one is shining in Heaven.