|DeRay is 3rd from the left. I have other pictures of the women in this photo, but cannot positively identify anyone except DeRay.|
|No Story Too Small|
|Monte DeRay Bryan, the daughter of Myrtie Hairston and Redic Bryan was born March 11, 1904 in Erath County, Texas.|
|In 1905, DeRay's family, along with her grandparents Phillip and Lodema Criswell Hairston, moved to Baylor County, Texas. DeRay (on the left) is pictured with her sister, Marie.|
|DeRay graduated from Seymour High School in 1920. She gave|
the salutatory speech "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Maintaining
Our Political Institutions.
|DeRay attended Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons University).|
Found in the Baylor County Banner, March 23, 1921.
|In 1927, DeRay moved to Borger, Texas where she taught until 1941. Dad said that she went to Borger because they had a teacher shortage and were paying more than any other place in Texas at the time. You can read a brief story that DeRay wrote about her initial trip to Borger and a little about her life in Borger in History of Hutchinson County, Texas 104 years 1876 -1980.|
|With the exception of one brief meeting in 1959, I only knew DeRay through gifts and correspondence.|
Pictured - DeRay, my father - Whit Bryan, and their sister, Marie, in Virginia Beach, Virginia
|Monte DeRay Bryan died on August 16, 1987. |
She is buried, with her sisters Marie and Willa Mae, in Westlawn Memorial Park in Borger, Texas.
Baylor County Banner [Seymour] 23 Mar. 1921: Microfilm.
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.
Stanley, Edith Guynes . "Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi? page=gr&GSln=BRY&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=46&GScntry=4&GSsr=2041&GRid=48102309&>. Used with permission.