In memory of
DOROTHY BRYAN
In memory of
DOROTHY BRYAN
Dorothy Ann Bryan OKLAHOMA CITY Dorothy Ann Bryan (nee Owen), of Oklahoma City, died Saturday. She was 98. The youngest of three daughters of former University of Oklahoma football coach and athletic director, Bennie Owen and his wife, Nina Bessent Owen, Dorothy Ann was born in Norman in December, 1921. She grew up in Norman with her sisters Jane and Ruth; and attended OU, pledging Kappa Alpha Theta, as her mother had before her. She married recently commissioned Regular Army 2nd Lt. Thomas Law Bryan of Oklahoma City in August, 1940. Dorothy Ann spent the next 30 years supporting her career-soldier husband and a family which grew to include three children, by making loving homes for them in locations ranging from Japan, Germany, and Korea, to Hawaii, Washington, D.C., El Paso, and, in 1968, Oklahoma City. Upon her husband's retirement in 1970, Dorothy Ann remained in Oklahoma City, where her husband worked on the staffs of then-Governor David L. Boren and, subsequently, Governor George Nigh. Dorothy Ann and Tom traveled extensively, and especially enjoyed visiting their children and grandchildren in Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, and Germany. She was a peerless hostess, cook, and gift giver, and delivered party favors as her alter ego, the Magic Fish. Nothing was ever "too much" for Tutu - from a full traditional Thanksgiving dinner on a beach in Hawaii, to allowing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to eat on her finest china and cook fondue as soon as they could grasp a fork. She loved Sunday dinner, and hosted this meal at her home for years - often with five generations of family at her table. Her friends remember her as someone who always listened intently and joyously to every word they said - she thought every detail "marvelous"! Dorothy Ann was predeceased by her husband Tom, and her eldest child Sandra Bryan Trudgeon of Oklahoma City. She is survived by her son Robert Owen Bryan of Corinth, Texas, and daughter Ann Bryan Stussi of Portland, Oregon; her sons- and daughter-in-law Jon Trudgeon, Helene Bryan, and David Stussi; her nine grandchildren Ann Trudgeon, Kelly Isaacson (Scott), Jon Trudgeon (Katie), Jessica Horowitz (David), Cary Martin (Luke), Thomas Stussi, Sean Bryan, Megan Bryan, and Randall Bryan; eight great grandsons Thomas Isaacson, Ben Isaacson, Hunter Trudgeon, Henry Trudgeon, Owen Martin, Calvin Martin, Solomon Horowitz, Simon Horowitz, and much-loved nieces, nephews, and family friends. The family wishes to thank her caregivers, Heather, Sarah, Pam, Nyeshia, and Cydnee. Extra special love and eternal gratitude to Shelly and Christy. No "thank you" will ever be sufficient. Viewing will be from 8:00am-1:00pm on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at the funeral home. Funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Smith and Kernke North May Chapel. To view service live, please go to Dorothy's obituary page on smithandkernke.com and click on the link below the obituary. In lieu of flowers, Dorothy Ann requested donations to Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc., an organization that supports former University of Oklahoma student-athletes : 405-236-1636.
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In memory of
DOROTHY BRYAN
Dorothy Ann Bryan OKLAHOMA CITY Dorothy Ann Bryan (nee Owen), of Oklahoma City, died Saturday. She was 98. The youngest of three daughters of former University of Oklahoma football coach and athletic director, Bennie Owen and his wife, Nina Bessent Owen, Dorothy Ann was born in Norman in December, 1921. She grew up in Norman with her sisters Jane and Ruth; and attended OU, pledging Kappa Alpha Theta, as her mother had before her. She married recently commissioned Regular Army 2nd Lt. Thomas Law Bryan of Oklahoma City in August, 1940. Dorothy Ann spent the next 30 years supporting her career-soldier husband and a family which grew to include three children, by making loving homes for them in locations ranging from Japan, Germany, and Korea, to Hawaii, Washington, D.C., El Paso, and, in 1968, Oklahoma City. Upon her husband's retirement in 1970, Dorothy Ann remained in Oklahoma City, where her husband worked on the staffs of then-Governor David L. Boren and, subsequently, Governor George Nigh. Dorothy Ann and Tom traveled extensively, and especially enjoyed visiting their children and grandchildren in Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, and Germany. She was a peerless hostess, cook, and gift giver, and delivered party favors as her alter ego, the Magic Fish. Nothing was ever "too much" for Tutu - from a full traditional Thanksgiving dinner on a beach in Hawaii, to allowing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to eat on her finest china and cook fondue as soon as they could grasp a fork. She loved Sunday dinner, and hosted this meal at her home for years - often with five generations of family at her table. Her friends remember her as someone who always listened intently and joyously to every word they said - she thought every detail "marvelous"! Dorothy Ann was predeceased by her husband Tom, and her eldest child Sandra Bryan Trudgeon of Oklahoma City. She is survived by her son Robert Owen Bryan of Corinth, Texas, and daughter Ann Bryan Stussi of Portland, Oregon; her sons- and daughter-in-law Jon Trudgeon, Helene Bryan, and David Stussi; her nine grandchildren Ann Trudgeon, Kelly Isaacson (Scott), Jon Trudgeon (Katie), Jessica Horowitz (David), Cary Martin (Luke), Thomas Stussi, Sean Bryan, Megan Bryan, and Randall Bryan; eight great grandsons Thomas Isaacson, Ben Isaacson, Hunter Trudgeon, Henry Trudgeon, Owen Martin, Calvin Martin, Solomon Horowitz, Simon Horowitz, and much-loved nieces, nephews, and family friends. The family wishes to thank her caregivers, Heather, Sarah, Pam, Nyeshia, and Cydnee. Extra special love and eternal gratitude to Shelly and Christy. No "thank you" will ever be sufficient. Viewing will be from 8:00am-1:00pm on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at the funeral home. Funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Smith and Kernke North May Chapel. To view service live, please go to Dorothy's obituary page on smithandkernke.com and click on the link below the obituary. In lieu of flowers, Dorothy Ann requested donations to Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc., an organization that supports former University of Oklahoma student-athletes : 405-236-1636.
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14624 North May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73134
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