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Margaret Jane Bryant of Petrolia


Margaret Jane (VanWinkle) Bryant, 88, of Petrolia, passed away on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 in Petrolia.

Margaret Jane Bryant

Services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8 at the First Baptist Church of Petrolia with Rev. Aaron Lindsey, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Petrolia Cemetery, under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.

Mrs. Bryant was born July 27, 1924 in Petrolia to Benjamin Harrison and Myrtle Jane (Fultz) VanWinkle. She married W. E. “Bill” Bryant on August 28, 1948 in Petrolia. She received her bachelor’s degree from North Texas University. She retired from teaching, having taught in Charlie for three years, Bellevue for one year, Riverland for one year and Petrolia for 30 years. She was a member of the Petrolia First Baptist Church, the Clay County Retired Teachers organization, and was a duchess in the Clay County Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo in 1992.

She is preceded in death by her husband, W.E. “Bill” Bryant; two brothers, Lloyd VanWinkle, and Ralph VanWinkle; three sisters, Grace Tucker, Elenore Fleming, and Lucile Hollaway.

Survivors include 2 sons, Jack Bryant and wife Kathy of Coalgate, Okla., and Gary Bryant and wife Jan of Petrolia; a daughter, Katrina McCrary and husband Jock of Petrolia; a sister, Helen Ruth Patrick of Wichita Falls; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at the Davis Funeral Home on Sunday from 3-5 p.m.

Memorials can be made to Petrolia Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 234, Petrolia, Texas 76377; Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 39, Petrolia, Texas 76377; or Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.


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