Clara Mae Bryan – May 18, 1925 – March 20, 2020

Clara Mae Bryan was born on May 18th, 1925 to Russell and Ida (Patterson) Ewing in Warsaw, IL. She was the second of four daughters. She went home to God on March 20, 2020 surrounded by her children. Attended school in rural OK in Grimes and Cheyenne, OK.Bryan, Clara obit

She married her dark-haired sweetheart, George Marcus Bryan on June 4th, 1943. The war called, and she became a very young military wife. When George returned home from Italy after WWII, they made their home in Western OK where they farmed and raised their four children. They enjoyed farm life and had 3 months short of 68 years together.

Clara Mae was known for her cakes and candy making that she loved to share with family and community. She also loved cross stitching which she also loved to share. She was a great woman of faith and loved God with all of her heart, soul and mind. She never met a stranger and had a ready hug for anyone and made everyone feel special.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother to an adoring family. She loved and was loved beyond measure and will be missed greatly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, parents Russell and Ida Ewing, two sisters, Loretta Walker and Beatrice Grunewald. Also, two precious grandchildren, April and Brent Wiederstein and a loving daughter in-law, Linda Bryan.

Survived by four children, Kendall and Donita of Weatherford, OK, Joy and Joe Wallace of Yukon, OK, Jeanette and Allen Wiederstein of Edmond, OK and Norman and Marilyn Bryan of Guthrie, OK. Grandchildren, Lisa and Paul Harrison, Jeff and Amy Bryan, Dustin and Tina Mounts, Ryan and Haley Mounts, Jonathan Mounts, Amy and Ken Waite, Brad and Wendy Wallace, Debbie Wiederstein, Heath and Tiffany Wiederstein, Lance and Sarah Bryan and Paige and Jordan Sowers. She is survived by twenty-one great grandchildren.

We extend our gratitude to the Lionwood Retirement Center for their love and care of our mother. Also, for Dr. Karen Ross, her personal physician who went above and beyond loving and caring for our mother.

Private Family Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Matthews Funeral Home.. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 from 3:00-8:00 p.m.

We will be live streaming this service in an effort to accommodate those people that wish to attend but feel they should not due to the health environment.  To watch the service CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube page.  Then click on ‘Videos’ then ‘Live Streams’.


  1. We are so sorry for the loss of our sweet Clara Mae. She was a precious, giving, loving person who made everyone feel special! She made my girls and I feel like we were part of the Bryan family, and we loved her dearly. What a perfect example of a devout Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and neighbor she was! She was beautiful, inside and out!

  2. My prayers go out to your family. I have sweet memories visiting in the home of George and Clara Mae as a young girl with my Aunt Bea and Uncle Deb Bryan. All the cousins had fun together. I especially remember the ice cream socials with lots of homemade ice cream. I also remember helping wash dishes in their home and got stung by a scorpion that was in the dish rag. Clara Mae was right there to assist in relieving the pain. That home was certainly filled with lots of love. God bless all of you.
    Dee Hightower

  3. My thoughts and prayers for peace are with you all. I loved Grandma Bryan dearly, and she always made me feel so special and like I was one of the grandkids. I’ve never tasted pumpkin bread that was as good as hers. I remember her being in the kitchen baking when we would visit her. I know she will live on with you all. Love and prayers to the entire Bryan family.

  4. Our sympathy to the Bryan Family on the loss of your Matriarch. My husband and I have known Norman, Marilyn and their children for a very long time. We have heard wonderful praises of this sweet wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Just from our friendship with Norman and Marilyn, I know Clara Mae’s greatest legacy is her family. Clara Mae did a mighty fine job raising her family.
    With sympathy and prayers,
    Johnny and Zen

  5. I’m so sad for each of you. I’ve had great talks with Clara Mae and will certainly miss them. She touched many lives at church. My heart is with each of you at this time. God bless you.

  6. What a life well lived! Clara Mae was always such a joy to visit and talk to. You would go see her to encourage her, but she would always succeed at encouraging you! She loved the Lord, the church and her family dearly. A very gracious, godly woman who blessed so many lives over the years. Our loss, heaven’s gain! Praying for this wonderful family.

  7. Prayers for peace during this time of loss. Allen and Jeanette, you are super stars. You have cared for your family, Clara Mae especially, in such a wonderful way. Your example is an encouragement to all of us. Ashley and I love your family and will continue to pray God’s healing hand over you.

  8. Loved visiting Clara Mae. She was always so sweet to talk to and even when she was not feeling well she never complained. Will miss her so much. Please know that my prayers are with you all in your loss of her. She was a very special lady and loved by many.

  9. Aunt Clara Mae was a very special Lady, one that will always be remembered by her friendly beautiful smile and kindness that she showed to everyone, she will truly be missed by all of us but she is in a wonderful place now with many that she has wanted to see again. Aunt Clara Mae left many memories that will be cherished forever by all of us. May the Lord surround the Family with his Loving Comfort and help you through this time of sorrow.

  10. My beautiful Aunt Clar, I as everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her have so many wonderful memories. I love you

  11. Clara was my adopted grandma
    When I started at Lionwood 10 years ago her and Mrs Doris made me feel so welcome
    From their beautiful smiles and warm hugs
    I loved Mrs Clara so much
    My heart is broken but god just got him one wonderful angel
    She will be greatly missed by all of us

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