JoAn Eleda Spencer Bryan
Our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed peacefully on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Humble, Texas. Her eternal companion and loving husband of 68 years, Charles Gene Bryan, was at her side. JoAn was born November 14, 1929 in Pocatello, Idaho to Howard Harris Spencer and Eleda Alberta Eastman. She was the youngest of six children. She grew up in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1947. She began Nurses Training in Pocatello and soon met her handsome prince, Gene. They married on November 26, 1947 and settled in American Falls, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on June 30, 1961. Her first born, Charles Douglas Bryan was the New Year’s baby of 1949.
She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in various callings including the Young Women, Primary and Relief Society organizations. She and Gene served two missions for the church.
Gene’s work took them to homes in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming where JoAn always created a loving home for her family. She and Gene had spent the last 2½ years living with their daughter and son-in-law in Texas. Her husband and children were always her top priority. Her favorite scripture was 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Her home was always welcoming to her children, grandchildren and all of their friends.
JoAn was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Frank Spencer, John Bert Spencer, Earl “Bud” Spencer, Dale Spencer and Betty Lou Stoddard. She is survived by her husband Charles Gene Bryan (Humble, TX) and her children, Charles (Sue) Bryan of Blackfoot, Idaho, Rebecca (Tony) Hemming of Humble, TX, and Bruce (Sharon) Bryan of Cheyenne, Wyoming and several nieces and nephews. JoAn and Gene were blessed with 16 grandchildren and soon to be 44 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 27th at 12:00 at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North in American Fork, UT. A viewing will be held prior from 11:00 to 11:45. Interment will be in the American Fork City Cemetery.
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