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Alberta Ruth Bryant, 81, of Scranton, died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Geisinger Community Medical Center.
Born Oct. 11, 1931, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Noble Leslie and Catherine Brown Bryant. Formerly of Moosic, she lived previously in Spring Hill, Fla. She was a 1948 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. While living in Florida, she had been employed for more than 18 years by J.C. Penney as the gold buyer for the state of Florida. She was a member of Elm Park United Methodist Church, Scranton.
She was devoted to her family and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A fun-loving person, her gentle smile radiated happiness with others she met. A gracious, gentle woman, she shared her happiness with many, especially her family and her companion of 18 years, Gene.
The family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Richard Martin and the dedicated staff of Dunmore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the care and kindness they all shared with Alberta.
Surviving are three daughters, Jean E. Rodney, Scranton; JoAnn Bodyl and husband, Michael, Hamilton Square, N.J.; and Cheryl Chapman and husband, Henry, San Diego; a brother, George Bryant, Florida; six grandsons, Craig and Ross Rodney, John and Thomas Bodyl, Joseph Zurcher Jr. and Michael Yaworski; a granddaughter, Melanie Rodney; two great-granddaughters, Emma Rose Rodney and Zada Morgan Zurcher; a great-grandson, Christopher J. Rodney and her companion of 18 years, Eugene Washo, Moosic; several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Wayne John Rodney, on April 23; a grandson, Alex Robert Zikoski; two brothers, Robert and Theodore; and three sisters, Jean Kelly, Shirley Benjamin and Carol Murray.
The funeral will be Friday at noon from Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton, with services by the Rev. Howard P. Woodruff, senior pastori��. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
The family will receive relatives and friends Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503. Arrangements are being made by the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
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