Mrs. Mary Bryant
Sunrise: January 27, 1942
Sunset: February 16, 2018
Mary was born in Yemassee, South Carolina, on January 27, 1942, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stephen Anderson. Mary was one of 14 children. As a young girl, Mary attended local public schools, and was a member of a girl’s singing group, The Anderson Sisters. Mary’s powerful voice always made her a standout, and she often sang solos in her choir at New Dawn Baptist Church in Newark.
Her desire to see the big city prompted her to move to Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1963, where she met her husband, Louis Bryant. They were married 17 years, and together they had 3 children, Terri, Wanda, and Louis Jr. A devoted wife and mother, she is predeceased by her husband, Louis Bryant, who died on May 28, 1981.They were married 17 years, and together they had three children, Terri, Wanda and Louis Jr. A devoted wife and mother, Mary raised her family in Elizabeth until 1983, and then moved to East Orange where she lived until 2017, at which time she moved to Montclair.
As a young woman, Mary worked for Sandee Plastic in Linden, New Jersey and Willowbrook Children’s Hospital on Staten Island, New York. Later, she and her sister Jane landed jobs at Revlon in Edison. Mary and Jane also both moved jobs to Metal Textiles, in Edison, where she worked for 25 years until her retirement in September 2017. Going to work with her sister each day was one of Mary’s greatest joys, and she looked forward to their time together at work.
Mary was a devoted member of New Dawn Baptist Church in Newark where she loved singing in the choir and volunteering for numerous ministries. Nothing gave her greater joy than preparing a batch of her signature collard greens, turkey wings, or her famous cornbread for a church event. She also loved making special treats for the many children’s parties. A devoted woman of faith, she loved to read her Bible and she would recite verses and scripture to anyone. In her younger years, she was an avid traveler who enjoyed dancing, the “electric slide” was her favorite, volunteer work, reading, and giving to others to name just a few.
Mary’s grandchildren Luke, Calliope (Callie), and Ian were the center of her life. She never missed a moment to celebrate birthdays, holidays and milestones. Luke, Ian, and Callie called her Nana, and always looked forward to seeing her. She showered them with love and attention, and she was always a very strong, loving presence in their lives.
Mary is survived by her three children, Terri Spettell of Rutherford, New Jersey, Wanda Bryant of Montclair, New Jersey and Louis Bryant of Troy, New York; her son-in law John Spettell, and
her three grandchildren Luke, Ian, and Calliope Spettell, all of Rutherford, New Jersey; and a step-grandson Jahlil Newcombe of Tampa, Florida. Also left to mourn her are four sisters: Miss Jane Anderson of Metuchen. New Jersey, Mrs. Meta Shaw of Early Branch, South Carolina, and Miss Lillian Anderson and Miss Eliza Anderson of Yemassee, South Carolina. She also leaves three brothers: Mr. Walter Anderson of Rahway, New Jersey, and Mr. Clyde Anderson and Mr. William Anderson of Yemassee, South Carolina. She also leaves three sisters in law: Mrs. Helen Jordan, Mrs. Gloria Stradford, and Mrs. Dorothy Sandlin, all of Roselle, New Jersey. She also leaves two brothers in law: Mr. Rudolph Sandlin and Mr. Donald Yeldell of Roselle, New Jersey. She leaves a host nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and neighbors who will greatly miss her.
Mary is predeceased by her husband, Mr. Louis Bryant, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, her brothers Henry and Benjamin Anderson, both of Yemassee, South Carolina, and her sisters in law, Mrs. Evelyn Christian, and Mrs. Anna Lee Yeldell, of Roselle, New Jersey. She is also predeceased by three brothers in law, Mr. John Jordan, Mr. James Christian, and Mr. John Stradford, all of Roselle, New Jersey.
Mary’s loving presence, thoughtfulness and kindness, will be forever missed by her family, friends, and those who knew and loved her.