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Shirley Maxine Bryant | Hugo News

Shirley Maxine Bryant, an epitome of warmth and familial devotion, departed this world on July 4, 2024 at the age of 82 in Hugo, Oklahoma. Shirley was born on August 16, 1941 in Grant, Oklahoma to the late JN and Maxine (Nelson) Rhodes. Her life was marked by love, devotion and the simple joy of being together.

Shirley’s heart found its mate when she married Clifton Leon “Sonny” Bryant in a heartfelt ceremony at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Hugo on November 11, 1960. Their union was blessed with years of happiness and three loving children who were the cornerstone of their world. Shirley’s caring spirit was passed on to her two sons: Barry Bryant and his wife Carolyn, Mike Bryant and his wife Oleta, all of Hugo, and their daughter Nancy Jackson and her husband Tommy of Durant, Oklahoma.

As the matriarch of a large and busy family, she cherished the boisterous gatherings of her seven grandchildren: Colby Bryant and wife Stephanie; Britnee Valdez and husband Erik; Chris Bryant and wife Shyla; Birch Bryant and wife Ming Ming; Ciera Hamill and husband Matt; Lexee Jackson; and Riley Bryant; and reveled in the laughter of her great-grandchildren: Emmy Valdez, Ellison Valdez, Everett Valdez, Eliza “Lizzy” Bryant, Gabriel Bryant, James Bryant, Henlee Bryant, Clifton Bryant, and Harper Hamill; her supportive siblings: Dorothy Cody of Florida; Martha Davis and JN Rhodes, both of Hugo; and her brother-in-law Dalias Dickson of Hugo; and her sister-in-law Barbara Leon. Shirley radiated a love that touched not only her family, but an entire community that became an extension of her home. Shirley was preceded in death by her devoted husband Sonny in 2015, her sister Oleta Dickson, her brother Noel Leon, her brothers-in-law Danny Bailey, Kenneth Cody, Buck Hunt and Jack Davis, and her sister-in-law Sharon Rhodes. Despite these losses, she remained a pillar of strength and a source of wisdom to all who knew her.

Shirley’s professional career as a loan officer allowed her to make countless friends and assist many with their financial goals over two decades. She continued her service as a Choctaw County assessor, where her diligence and fairness benefited the community for another 20 years.

Shirley, a woman of many interests, left a legacy of compassion and caring. Her life was honored and her memory celebrated on Saturday, July 6, 2024. The service, led by Pastor Bob O’Neill, was held at Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Chapel.

As we say goodbye to Shirley Maxine Bryant, her light will continue to shine in the lives of those she touched. Her spirit, a blend of tenderness and resilience, will live on as a testament to a life lived full and a loving love.

The funeral home Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

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