Ruth Joann Bryant



Ruth Joann Bryant left this world to join Jesus in Glory on Good Friday, March 29, 2024. She was surrounded by the family that she had loved dearly, on the family farm where she lived and raised her 4 children, while hearing how much she was loved, as she passed from this life to eternal joy. Joann was the only child of Harry A. and Bonnie (Vandivier) Grose. Joann graduated from Franklin High School, going on to work as a payroll clerk at Camp Atterbury after graduation. This is where she met her life-long husband, Paul E. Bryant, who swept her off her feet in an unbelievable whirlwind romance. Writing letters back and forth from where he was stationed in Germany, their letters bonded their hearts together with Joann flying to marry Paul on January 25,1954 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. They started their family after being stationed back in the US. In 1962 their young family was so very blessed to be stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison, allowing them to move back to the family farm where they raised their 4 children, Paula Key, Pamela Admire, Patricia Wilson & Philip Bryant. Their family grew by adding the in-laws she loved dearly, Randy Key (and Gary Reed), Burke Admire, Tim Wilson & Jean Bryant. Joann leaves a legacy of love and caring with her 8 grandchildren; Benjamin (Brittany) Reed, Racheal Rick, Ellen (Glen) Prince, Sarah (Dustin) Cromer, Alexander (Veronica) Admire, Carrie (Ben) Hesler, Nicholas (Danyel) Bryant and Melissa Bryant. Joann loved and prayed constantly for her family. Her greatest joy was having her great grandchildren born into her family; Isaiah Lindsay, Preston Reed, Joel Reed, Hannah Lindsay, Zoey Prince, Elise Prince, Bentlee Bryant, Blake Admire, Katie Rick, Cole Cromer, Kinsley Cromer, Levi Admire, Eleanor Bryant, and Bexley Cromer. Joann is also survived by her cousin, Roger Kerlin. She was proceeded in death by her devoted husband Paul and her precious great granddaughter Kinsley Burke Cromer.

Joann dedicated her entire life to caring for her family. She loved reading (mostly while sitting in a car waiting at her children’s scout meetings, 4-H club meetings, church events, piano lessons, etc). Joann had supported her children in their many endeavors including becoming the Girl Scout Neighborhood chairman. She was proud to hold the title of one of the longest serving representatives, selling Avon for over 45 years. Joann enjoyed fishing with her husband and sunset cruises on Lake Monroe.

Her family will be holding a private Celebration of Life service on Sunday, April 14 on the farm she loved, concluding the memorial with a bluegill fish fry to honor and remember ALL the family memories she had given them while camping and fishing together at Lake Monroe.

Later this summer the family will have an interment ceremony and butterfly release on the lake, honoring their wish to be together again on the lake they enjoyed together with the family they created.

In Lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Butterfly Kaleidoscope at the Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222 in honor of Joann or to the National Arbor Society to continue to plant trees in her memory.

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