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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Monte DeRay Bryan

Monte DeRay "DeeDee" Bryan was my father's sister. She was born in Erath County, Texas, but raised in Seymour, where she graduated in 1920 from Seymour High School. DeRay taught school in Borger, Texas at the time of her father's death in 1929 and at age 25 years old became  the primary wage-earner for the family. She supported her older sister, Marie, and took on parenting responsibilities for my father, age 8 and her younger sister, Willa Mae, age 15. 

Monte DeRay Bryan . . . pioneer Borgan

Monte DeRay Bryan, 83, of Magic Star Nursing Home in Borger, died at 3 a.m. Sunday in the home. 

A retired medical secretary for Dr. Hamra, she was a native of Stephenville, Texas, and a Borger resident since 1926.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Duplicate Bridge Club, and one of the first school teachers in Borger.

She is survived by one sister, Willa Mae Dudley of Borger; one brother Whit Bryan of Virginia Beach, Va.; one niece, Jacquelyn Skinner of Denver, Colo.

Services are pending with Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.
                                                          Borger News Herald, August 17, 1987

Graveside services for Monte DeRay Bryan, 83, of Magic Plains Nursing Home in Borger, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday with Rector William Houghton, pastor of St. Peter's Episcopal Church officiating.

Burial will be under the direction of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors.

Survivors include one sister, one brother, one niece.
                                               Borger News Herald, August 18, 1987

From the card at DeRay's funeral 


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