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Official Obituary of

Martha Bryant

June 24, 1947 ~ February 11, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Martha Bryant Obituary

Martha Jean Bryant, beloved mother, sister, and friend, peacefully passed away on February 11, 2024, at the age of 76, surrounded by her loved ones. Martha was born on June 24, 1947, in Martinsville, Indiana, the third of four sisters to Efra and Jean Frounfelter. Her formative years in Kansas City, Missouri, were filled with summers spent at the community pool, nurturing her love for swimming and lifeguarding.

Martha's passion for water sports led her to earn a degree in kinesiology from the University of Missouri, where she later graduated with a teaching degree. She dedicated her early career to shaping young minds as a physical education teacher and lifeguard, leaving a lasting impact on countless lives.

A devoted mother, Martha cherished her children, Erik, Jeremy, and Allison. Despite the heartbreak of losing her son Erik at the tender age of four, Martha's resilience and unwavering love guided her in raising her two surviving children with boundless care and support.

Martha's enduring legacy lives on through her children, Jeremy and Allison, her sisters, and her four cherished grandchildren. She was a rock of strength and stability for her family, always prioritizing their well-being above her own.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Martha's love for swimming extended to the synchronized swimming team, the "Mo Maids," at the University of Missouri in 1968. Her determination and courage were evident as she broke gender barriers, becoming the first female member of the Scuba club at Missouri University after surpassing the rigorous test requirements.

She married Jerry in 1971 and followed him westward to Washington State. Following the birth of their children, she stepped back from her career to care for the family. In 2003, her marriage of 31 years collapsed, and Martha found herself homeless and destitute with her two teenage children still in high school. Undeterred, Martha's unwavering faith and determination guided her to employment as a receptionist at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. With support from her church family at Harbor Covenant Church, she provided for her family, ensuring they never went without shelter or sustenance.

Four years after her life was upended, Martha proudly achieved independent homeownership in Purdy, Washington, at the age of 59. She filled her humble abode with love and laughter, creating countless cherished memories until her final days.

Martha's compassion and empathy endeared her to all who knew her. Advancing professionally, she became an esteemed office manager and later a respected funeral director and grief counselor. Martha's personal journey of triumph over adversity became a beacon of hope and healing for those experiencing grief and loss.

Martha will forever be remembered for her unwavering dedication to family, her resilience in the face of adversity, and her steadfast commitment to her church community. She leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and strength that will inspire all who had the privilege of knowing her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harbor Covenant Church in Martha's honor.

A celebration of Martha's remarkable life will be held at Harbor Covenant Church on February 24, 2024, at 1:00 pm. Friends and family will gather to honor her memory and share stories of her enduring impact.

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