DOLLIE RUTH ALDRICH BRYAN
11 Apr 1912 - 06 Jul 2006
Rejoined her eternal companion, Matthew Perry Bryan, on Thursday July 6, 2006 in Payson, UT.
Dollie was born April 11, 1912 in St. Louis, MO. to Louisa and Robert Aldrich. She was known for her bright blue eyes, sparkling smile and sweet spirit.
On April 9, 1930 she married her brother John's best friend, Matthew Perry Bryan. For several years they ran a dude ranch in House Springs, MO. 'Rivermont Ranch', where she had a western shop.
In 1942 they moved to Calif. for Perry's health where they raised their three children but their hearts were in the Ozarks of Missouri. She was a loving wife and mother and support to her family. In 1956 she and Perry moved back to Missouri where they lived on a farm and he shod horses. Ruth always dreamed of owning a store where she could sell Ozark arts and crafts. A few years later her dream came true and she opened the Ozark Country Store. She loved running her store and meeting people. While running the store she started writing articles on cooking for the local paper. She loved to cook and entertain. She had a passion for antique dolls and at one time had over 200.
When Perry's health failed she sold her store to spend more time with him. After his death she moved to Eminence, MO. In 2001 she moved to Utah to be near her daughter. She was baptized into the LDS Church when she was 90 and at 91 took out her endowments in the Timpanogos Temple where she was sealed to her husband. Her motto was 'Live, Laugh and Love' and that was how she lived her life. She was greatly loved by those who knew her.
Ruth leaves behind two children, Juanita (Keith) Ranck, Mt. Pleasant, UT. and Leslie (Virginia) Bryan, Eminence, MO., three grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, a brother-in-law, Russel (Virginia) Bryan and many friends. She will be missed. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Perry Bryan, son Joseph Bryan, brothers Amel and John Aldrich, sisters Betty Grant and Lenora Hanson, and granddaughter Sheryl Bowman. A viewing was held at Rasmussen Mortuary in Mt Pleasant, UT on Monday July 10, 2006 from 6-8 pm. Funeral Services will be held at Duncan Funeral Home, Eminence, MO., on Friday July 14, 2006 at 10:00 am. A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6 - 8 pm also at the Duncan Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Flatwoods Cemetery.
Keith G Ranck
8690 E 18750 N
Mount Pleasant, UT 84647
MATTHEW 'PERRY' BRYAN
14 May 1907 - 18 Dec 1985
Matthew 'Perry' Bryan was born May 14, 1907 at Webster Grove, Mo. the son of Linn Emsley and Amelia Rachel Grimm Bryan and departed this life on December 18, 1985 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Mo. at the age of 78 years.
He was married to Ruth Aldrich on April 9, 1930 in Missouri and to this union three children were born. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Ruth of the home; two sons, Joseph Bryan of Eminence, Mo. and Leslie Bryan of Salem, New Jersey; one daughter, Juanita Ranck of Riverton, Utah; one brother, Russell Bryan of Glendale, California; four grandchildren, Lisa, Pete, Matthew and Cheryl; and one great grandchild, Tiffany Ann.
Perry was a man of many talents, God given talents. He worked with the World Series Rodeos, painting life size rodeo pictures on the plate glass windows advertising rodeo dates; then sketching the first thing he saw at the rodeo of the bull and bronc riders, giving the sketch to the riders. This is where Perry got the name of 'Cowboy Artist'. He ran ranches in the west before coming to Shannon County. Perry was a charter member of the arts and crafts shows, being the one to help get it started. He was a blacksmith and traveled many miles with his horseshoeing rig. He shod horses for many celebrations including President Ronald Reagan in Yearling Row at Calabasas, Calif.
He came to Shannon County in 1957 and lived in Winona, then moved to Eminence where he and his wife, Ruth ran the Ozarks Country Store. Perry worked for the National Park Service for 12 years and enjoyed it very much. He loved Shannon County and its wilderness and the people were so friendly and helpful in time of need. He was a member of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Highway 19 Program, Senior Citizens, and took a very active part in government and community affairs. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Duncan Funeral Chapel at Eminence with Rodney Brown and Herald DeWeese officiating. Burial was in Flatwoods Cemetery under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Eminence.
(a/k/a Perry M. Bryan)