2013-04-04 / Obituaries

Betty Bryant

Betty Jeanne Schmidt Bryant, beloved wife of Rob for 62 years, and mother of David and Paul, died March 25, of natural causes in Mexico where she and Rob were living. In addition to her husband and sons, she leaves behind five grandchildren: Jill, Jake, Chelsea, Katherine and Michael.

Born in Los Angeles in 1929 and raised in Southern California, she and Rob first met while working summers in Yosemite National Park. In 1951, they were married in Reno and many times renewed their vows. She was a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Locally, Betty will be remembered primarily for two things. First, for her 25-plus years of dedication to the students of Mariposa County High School teaching English and Spanish. She also spoke a smattering of German. She was a stern, but fair, disciplinarian and was seldom, if ever, known to send a student out of her classroom to the front office.

The second thing she will be remembered for is her love of writing. After retirement from teaching, she worked for the Mariposa Tribune. At one point, she created a tale of and characters out of “whole cloth” and spun a story for the April Fool’s Day edition, leaving it open-ended. Soon, the Tribune was besieged with inquiries as to what was the ending. “Please don’t leave us hanging.” And so, for about 15 more weeks, the tale continued.

Betty, Rob and sons lived at Spring Valley Ranch in the Whitlock area. Their 160-acre property overlooked the Merced River Canyon. There, they raised sheep, goats, calves, rabbits and chickens. Betty’s pride and glory was their huge vegetable garden. She took great pride in the fresh produce she served at the dinner table.

Most of us also remember Betty for her common sense approach to life and her unfailing sense of humor. She will be missed by so many friends and family members. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Mariposa County Park pavilion from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Return to top

Mrs Bryant was one of my

Mrs Bryant was one of my favorite teachers at MCHS. She was funny and was always willing to help me. We lived just a mile up Whitlock Rd from her and as I stood out on the road each morning waiting for the bus she always slowed down to say good morning. What a good soul she had. She will be missed.

Mrs.Bryant was an amazing

Mrs.Bryant was an amazing teacher and woman. One of my favorite teachers. Over the years I have thought of her numerous times and even went back to visit her a couple times after graduation. I'm sad to hear of her passing and send her family condolences. I will always remember her and will treasure everything she taught me.

what a wonderful lady she

what a wonderful lady she was. as their meter reader for 30 years they impressed me as a unique couple.when aproaching their property you would firsy have to get through a gated entrance then came the signs.rob must have collected them for years!my kids had her as the spanish teacher,so she always asked about them as i read their meter.anyway fond memories for both rob and her .

I picture her as the Avenging

I picture her as the Avenging Angel of Apostrophes.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.
Click here for digital edition
2013-04-04 digital edition