Thelma Mardell Bryant

Born: Fri., Dec. 9, 1927
Died: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 22, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Thu., Aug. 22, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Thelma Mardell Bryant, age 91, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019 at St John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.  She was born on December 9, 1927 in Hardin Township, Pike County to Ira and Thelma Hayden Dyer.  She married Joseph E. Bryant in Pittsfield, and he passed away on May 1, 2000.  

Mardell was a 1945 graduate of Nebo Community High School.  Prior to her retirement, she worked as a telephone operator and in the business office for General Telephone Company for 37 and a half years.  She was a member of the First Christian Church.  Mardell enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball and was a lifelong fan.  

She is survived by her son, Bruce (Susan) Bryant of Danville, IN; two grandchildren, Katrina (Seth) Pippine and Scott Bryant; six great grandchildren, Ian Bryant, Maxton Bryant, Zane Bryant, Jadyn Ham, Kelsey Ham, Sydney Pippine; siblings, Richard (Norma) Dyer, Patty Wright, Virginia (Gene) Smith, and Darwin (Sharon) Looper, Jr.; a sister-in-law, Sue Dyer; and brother-in-law, Keith Renoud.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Bryant; her parents, Ira and Thelma Dyer; step mother, Anna Dyer; brother, Jack Dyer; three sisters, Josephine Benjamin, Carlene Renoud, and La Donna (Guy) Davis.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Thursday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Memorials are suggested to Pittsfield West Cemetery or the First Christian Church.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Thelma's memory to the following organizations:

First Christian Church
225 N. Memorial, Pittsfield, IL 62363

Pittsfield West Cemetery

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Nancy Zumwalt
   Posted Wed August 21, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Mardell's passing. When I first met her at Illini Fitness, I noticed her friendliness. She always wore a smile when she came through the door! I will truly miss that smile and our conversations. I send you my sincere sympathy.

Jessica M Tournear
   Posted Wed August 21, 2019
Mardell was a one of a kind woman. I had the pleasure of meeting her when I became a trainer at Illini. I instantly created a special bond with her and looked forward to seeing her everyday. I'm so thankful to have met her and will cherish our many conversations. I will miss her greatly.

Michelle Hobbs
   Posted Thu August 22, 2019
Mardell spoke with a twinkle in her eye and I always looked forward to seeing her and hearing what she had to say. She was one of a kind and I will miss her greatly. My condolences to the family.

Roger Uhe
   Posted Thu August 22, 2019
I always looked forward to seeing Mardel at Illini fitness. She was so friendly and nice to everyone she talked to, including me. She will be missed.

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