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Ruby E. Bryant, 102, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Goshen Hospital following a brief illness. Before her passing, several people were given encouraging visions for Ruby of her anticipated meeting with Jesus.
On her final evening, she spent her last hours listening via speaker phone to the love, memories and encouraging words from children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After showing no response to any stimuli for the entire day, we saw her eyes open several times, and a few tears, as family shared their last words. In the last minutes, she became calm, opened her eyes wide and looked up intently, seeing what we can only imagine to be the light of heaven. She then quietly and peacefully stopped breathing and passed into her eternal reward.
She was born Aug. 24, 1915, in Claypool, to Chester and Emma (Ulrey) Deafenbaugh.
On April 24, 1937, she married Kenneth M. Bryant in Warsaw. He died in 2012.
Survivors include daughters, Loretta (Nathan) Eshelman, Lutz, Florida, Cindy (Jim) Tyson, Goshen, Tami (Chuck) Mohler, Syracuse, and Rita Lockerbie, Goshen; sons, Tim (Barbara) Bryant, Jackson, Tennessee, and Todd (Angie) Bryant, Princeton; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Vera Deafenbaugh, Tucson, Arizona.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Lockerbie; grandson, Tyler Tyson; great-granddaughter, Cassia Martin; son-in-law, Ralph Lockerbie; sisters, Edythe Christner and Martha Ridgeway; and brothers, Randall, Hugh, Moyne and Donald Deafenbaugh.
Ruby was a member of West Goshen Church of the Brethren, where she was active in women's fellowship, teaching Sunday school, especially with the youth, quilting and sewing activities. She was also a member of the Goshen Garden Club, City Homemakers Extension Club, and the local AARP chapter. She served on the local Farm Bureau board for many years and also volunteered as a Pink Lady at Goshen Hospital for more than 30 years.
Ruby and Kenneth enjoyed 75 years of marriage. Many enjoyable memories were made at the family cottage on Waubee Lake near Milford, vacationing and travelling to Florida to spend time with family and friends.
Friends may call Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service Monday, Jan. 15, at West Goshen Church of the Brethren. Pastor Norman Replogle will officiate.
Burial will follow at West Goshen Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the church.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 11, 2018
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