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Marilyn Veronica O'Bryant

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“I'm saddened to hear of Marilyn's passing. I am fortunate to have a painting of hers. I'll cherish it always. My prayers for Marilyn and her...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Sharon McFall - St. Joseph, MI

“My wife and meet Marilyn only a few times at the Bosch Christmas party's, She was a very like able lady. I could tell by the way Reo spoke of her...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Mike Terlecki - St Joe, MI

“I met Marilyn back when I worked with her husband, Reo. She was always a bight and cheerful lady. Reo always spoke so highly of her and would always...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Kelley Shreve - Benton Harbor, MI

“Marilyn was the "real deal" when it came to friendship. She reached out regularly and brightened my day with cards (hugs in the mailbox) lunches,...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Jill Richardson and Ron Craton - MI

“Dear REO and family. I remember sitting across the table from Marilyn at a church dinner. We had a very pleasant visit. I admire her ability to...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Judy Kane - St. Joseph, MI

“Reo, My sincerest sympathies to you and your family. Please take care of yourself and stay in touch. Marlin & Dolores ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Marlin Phillips - Galien, MI

“Reo and family, We only met Marilyn a few times, but they were good times. We had such fun just a short time ago at the Ugly Sweater Event at church...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Geo and Linda Mangold - MI

“Our dear Robert and Robin, John and Joan, Our hearts go out to you as we feel with you in the passing of dear Marilyn - we remember her who (with you...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Stan ^& Henrietta Theron

“"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"-Pablo Picasso-For my beautiful cousin, Marilyn, who made living well an art form. All love...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Marie DeWitt - moorestown, NJ

“Dear Bob, Robin, Johnny and Ruth, So very sorry to hear of the loss of Marilyn; we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers, in the days to...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Jack and Sue Taylor - Charlotte, MI

“Our daughter, Abigail, was a student in Marilyn's Commercial Art class during the 2010-11 school year. Marilyn's kindness was demonstrated numerous...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Paul and Ruth Robb - Gobles, MI

“I always remember Marilyn as having a quiet insight into what we were studying at the time. As a fellow teacher, we shared many teacher stories. May...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Nancy Saylor - St. Joseph, MI

“Reo, I only met Marilyn the one time at the 40,50& 60 year old get together at church. I noticed she had such a kind spirit. I'm so thankful I was...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Phyllis Jackson

“I knew Marilyn for over 40 years. Even though our lives went separate ways we remained in touch and she was a genuine friend. I will miss her deeply...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Rachel Hall-Schlachta - NJ

“What a gentle soul my friend, Marilyn, was, but with a sassy sense of humor. I am so thankful for our memories together of lunches, dominoes (which...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Jan Hansen - Lawrence, MI

“Just want to extend my sympathy to Rob and Robyn. I remember Marilyn from having met her prior to her marriage to Bob; she was so gracious, a truly...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Aggie Graves - Charlotte, MI

“Our hearts goes out to Reo, Robin and Marilyn's family. She'll be missed by many as she shared so much with those around her. We had the honor of...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Jennifer Vickers - Bloomington, IN

“A gifted and talented artist with a soul full of kindness. May God continue to hold you and yours in the palm of His hand. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Francie VanderMolen - MI - Friend

“Our deepest love and sympathy to Marilyn's family. The short time we knew her was to fall in love with the beautiful gentle christian woman that she...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: George and Judy Godush - MI

“Our deepest sympathies go out to Marilyn's family. What a beautiful soul she was and still is. The phone has been ringing all morning with...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Maria Houseal Johnston - MI

“Marilyn wasand always will be a special and gracious woman. Never have I met a more gentle and yet powerful woman in her own quiet way. She was a...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: +Cindy Kent - Lawrence, MI

“I knew Marilyn only a short time while she attended SSCT Bible Study. I admired her courage and persistence. I wish I had more time with her before...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Jane Ward - Three Oaks, MI


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Marilyn Veronica O'Bryant, 58, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday May 5, 2012. She was born July 25, 1953 in the Bronx, New York.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorothy Walsh and her youngest brother, Matthew Walsh. She is survived by her husband, Robert "Reo" O'Bryant and daughter, Robin Jane O'Bryant (fiancé Robert Koziol). Siblings, Lillian Tighe (Harold), James Walsh (Mari), Gerard Walsh (Maggie), Jeanette Chace (Lewis), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Marilyn graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Later she went on to get her Masters of Art at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Marilyn was a life-long lover, creator and educator of Fine and Commercial Art. She was known for her watercolors, pastels and house portraits. Some of her artwork can be viewed at local galleries. She won various awards for her paintings including first place at Artemya 2011 at WMU. She taught at locals schools, most recently Commercial Art at the Van Buren ISD for the past seven years. As well as the Krasl Art Center and Box Factory for the Arts.
A devoted wife and mother, an avid photographer, she enjoyed traveling and life with her extended family and friends. Marilyn and Reo celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this past October. She was also a member of the Midwestern Watercolor League, Pastel Society and active in the Adoration Chapel at the St Joseph Catholic Church.
Visitation is Tuesday , May 8 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM, with Liturgical Prayers recited at 7:45 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 9 at 10:00AM at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 Church Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085, with graveside service to follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery, and reception at the Rose Center. For further information and to sign Marilyn's Memory Book online, go to: www.starks-menchinger.com.
Contributions to Marilyn's memory can be made to the Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Boulevard St. Joseph, MI 49085, www.krasl.org/ or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org.

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