Laura Margaret Wilson Bryant, age 88, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 12:17 p.m. she was a resident at a Woodville, Texas Nursing Home.
Laura was born July 29, 1930 in Oklahoma. At the age of two she came back home with her family to McMinnville, Tennessee.
She was the youngest child of Boone Benjamin Wilson and Hattie Elizabeth Ford-Wilson. There were four brothers and five sisters.
She was married to Paul Nathan Bryant, for 43 years. She had three children, Martha Paulette, Monty Philip (deceased), and Pamela Lynn.
She had two son-in-laws, Tracy Smith and Richard Reeder and she had two grandsons, Neil and Bronson Smith. She had seven wonderful great-grandchildren.
Mama was a strong Christian woman. Her faith and trust in the Lord got her through many valleys and her constant prayers supported us all. She was the matriarch of the families and would often mentor and pray over the many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends with her wisdom.
She loved to go places, so we traveled and lived all around the United States, we finally settled in California.
In her later years she returned to McMinnville, where she was an advocate in community service work. Every year she would place American flags on the graves of the veterans that served our country. She did many fund raising events, class reunions and helped others campaign for political positions in McMinnville.
She had a very successful and long career as a Cosmetology Instructor and was a brilliant singer. For years she entered and won awards in singing contests at the County Fair.
She was an amazing songwriter, storyteller, and author. From 1970’s through 2019, she wrote and published many books and stories. She is presently published on Amazon and Issuu.com, and an international Christian magazine.
Her favorite book is on the history of the Ford-Wilson Family under her personal Bio, “As I Remember”.
As a song-writer, in 1980 she wrote:
"Oh, They Say That Jesus Is Coming.”
"Oh they say that Jesus is coming, descending down through the clouds, to-gather all the saints together and then to be Heaven bound. Oh, to touch the hem of His garment and to see His nail-scarred hands, Just to look up on the face of Jesus, when we reach the Promised Land.”(copyright pending @1970)
We want to say..."Mama you have reached the “promised land” and now you're “looking upon the face of Jesus” and He is holding you in His arms.
You’re with little Tulip, daddy, your mama and daddy, all your brothers and sisters, and with all our doggies, Cleo, Tabatha, Penny and Sammy, and so many our or family and friends that were waiting for you at the Heavenly Gates. Mama, we will see you soon."
The Memorial service was at Highs Funeral Home, McMinnville, TN January 25th, Friday from 4 pm until 7 pm.
She was placed at Mountain View Cemetery next to infant son, Monty Philip and her husband, Paul Nathan Bryant.
WE LOVE YOU MOM…See you all very soon…God’s blessings!