CHARLESTON -- Fern Anselm Bryant, 92, died at 7 a.m. Jan. 15, 2008, at her home in the Texas Bend Community, north of Charleston.
Born Sept. 27, 1915, in Perry County, to the late Barney and Bena Unterreiner Anselm, she had lived in the Charleston area since 1920. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, where she was active in the Legion of Mary, St. Henry Quilters and St. Henry fundraising dinners. She was also a member of the Texas Bend Extension Club.
On Nov. 26, 1936, she married Gilbert Bryant, who preceded her in death on March 9, 1988.
One son, Matthew Oliver Bryant; one daughter, Margie Abner; and one sister, Virginia Bodkin; also preceded her in death.
Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Shirley Bryant of Charleston; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Alice and Bob Miller of Charleston, Maria and Arnie Lanners of Wright City and Tudy and Tim Kennedy of Prairie Village, Kan.; one brother and sister-in-law, Bernard "Sonny" and Helen Lucille Anselm of La Center, Ky.; and 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Henry Catholic Church. The Rev. Scott Sunnenberg, pastor, served as celebrant.
Burial followed in the Texas Bend Cemetery, north of Charleston.
Pallbearers were: Aaron Rapert, John Abner, Andy Bryant, David Slaughter, Bryant Slaughter, Kevin Kennedy, Tory Gunn and Joseph Rapert.
McMikle Funeral Home of Charleston was in charge of arrangements.
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The family requests memorial contributions be made to:
St. Henry Catholic School
St. Henry Catholic Church 306 Court St. Charleston, MO 63834