Shirley Ann Bryant, 80, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Shawnee.

Shirley Ann Carithers Bryant, 80, of Shawnee, passed away on Aug. 11, 2018.

Shirley was born Oct. 6, 1937, in Greenwood, Mississippi, to David and Lucille Carithers. Shirley and her mother moved to Shawnee around 1950 where Shirley met the love of her life, Shawnee native Bob Bryant.

Shirley and Bob married in 1954 and went about the business of running Bryant’s Dairy, which had been established by Bob’s parents in the 1930s. Bob and Shirley worked hard to maintain and modernize the dairy, providing fresh milk to local customers and commercial dairies alike while raising three children, Steve, Patricea “Teresa,” and Cindy “Dayna.”

After they sold the dairy in 1974, they continued to live off the land through a variety of business endeavors and began spending summers with the family, traveling about the country. On these trips, Shirley always enjoyed getting off the beaten path, hunting for historical artifacts and other relics. She was quite a collector of rocks, fossils, and shells and enjoyed sharing these collections with friends and family.

Eventually, Bob and Shirley began traveling full time in their Motor Coach and covered most of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Shirley returned to Shawnee in 2013 after Bob passed away.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Fred Nutt, and her beloved husband, Bobby Lee Bryant.

She is survived by her children, Steve (Ruth) Bryant of Bakersfield, California, Teresa (Brett) Askin of Shawnee, and Dayna (Karen Churchill) Bryant of Grapevine, TX. She has three grandchildren Nick (Christine) Bryant of Bakersfield, California, Brian (Tina) Askin of College Station, Texas, and Kevin Askin of Shawnee. She has two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Tatum Bryant of Bakersfield, California.

Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home and Cemetery in Shawnee. Viewing will be from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, with family visitation from 6 to 8 p.m.

Special thanks to the staff of Belfair Memory Care for their loving care and to Life Springs Hospice Care for their special support. Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice in Shirley’s memory.