Dorothy A. Bryan
Dorothy A. Bryan
  • January 21, 1919 - January 5, 2018
  • Wichita, Kansas

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Dorothy Alice Bryan was born in Harveyville, KS on a ranch on January 21, 1919. She passed away on January 5, 2018. She was raised in Wichita where she lived most of her life. Her father was a brick layer, but in between his jobs, the family picked peaches, strawberries, tomatoes and other crops in season. The family canned some of the produce and Dorothy at a young age stood on a bucket to reach the counter and pealed tomatoes. Dorothy married at age 15 and had 3 children, 2 girls and a boy. She remarried years later to James Bryan. She has 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, and soon a great-great-great-grandchild. She had many jobs over the years. She was a waitress in a drug store and became the manager of the store restaurant. She was a sales person for Montgomery Ward, and after she married James, she made draperies and shades for a decorator. There were many things she enjoyed doing. She became a Sunday school teacher for elementary children and did this for 35 years. She enjoyed this very much. She also enjoyed sewing clothes for herself and her daughters and loved to read. She became a volunteer at Catholic Care Center in 1994 and would be there every morning to serve coffee to the residents. She became the "coffee lady" but she was so much more then that. She was a vital part of the morning routine by helping to serve and assist residents. She loved her involvement and was very committed. Because of her years of service to Catholic Care, there is a plaque in her name in the entrance of the building which honors long term volunteers. A person must log 1500 hours of service to receive a plaque, but Dorothy served way beyond that requirement by volunteering 2651 hours. As she looks at her life, she feels best about her volunteering at the Catholic Care Center. Serving others was very important to her. She also enjoyed teaching children in Sunday school for 35 years and serving her Church. Learning to make draperies and shades was also something she felt very good about. Memorials can be made to Crossroads Baptist Church, 11441 E. Central Wichita,KS 67206 or to Amedisys Hospice FOUNDATION, 250 W. Douglas Ste 101 Wichita, KS 67202.