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“To The Bryans, I just want you all to know (especially you Larry) how much I am thinking of you. My prayers are with you all, knowing what you are...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Ruthie Brown - Central City, KY

“I too, learned later in life not to worry and just be happy about things that you can do nothing about. I learned this from the one person who I...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Kathryn - central city, KY

“This space is not enough to properly do justice to the love we all felt from Connie. Whether it be from her close knit family, dearest friends, or...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Daniel Williams - Owensboro, KY

“Christi- My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May God bless, keep and comfort you through this trying time. Love, Cedric Browning ”
4 of 29 | Posted by: Cedric Browning - Bowling Green, KY

“Connie was an amazing woman. I loved her with all my heart. I have been around her all my life and have so many memories of her, too many to mention....Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Norma (Whitehouse) Hileman - KY

“Anna, Amy, Christy, and Megan, I continue to pray for strength and comfort for you. Connie is resting peacefully with The Lord, but separation is not...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Debbie McIntosh - Powderly, KY

“Connie has earned her wings now. She's always been an angel on earth. We've all loved her and known what a wonderful person she was, but now she's...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Ruthie Brown - Central City, KY

“Amy,we are truly sorry for your loss,having lost my Dad a short while ago,I know how you feeland what you are going through.I know your Mom suffered...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Chan & Don Clark - Madisonville, KY

“Like so many others, I had the great privilege of having Connie as a "band mom" for 4 years in high school. She was always warm, encouraging, honest...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Matt Mooningham - Lexington, KY

“Connie... Greatest Band Mom EVER! Lindsay Beth and I were talking about her yesterday. Did she EVER miss a trip? She was always there to help! So...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Kendra Wilkins Pate - KY

“Connie was one of the sweetest band moms I ever had. What always struck me about Connie was how much she supported her children. She made sure that...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Alward - Owensboro, KY

“When I think about Connie, I literally smile. I smile because everytime I was around her, she would put on that wonderful smile and have that...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Franky Wennberg - Winfield, AL

“I feel a warmth around me like your presence is so near, And I close my eyes to visualize your face when you were here, I endure the times we spent...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Rhonda Spears Watson - KY - Niece

“Where do you start trying to eulogize this grand lady? She was truly an Angel among us. Kind, loving,generous and witty are my best attempt. Joe and...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Joe and Lou Allen - Bowling Green, KY

“Connie was a one in a million woman. She welcomed everyone with grace. She was a second mother to me for a few years and not once do I remember her...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Nikki Gossett Slobig - KY

“So Sorry for the loss... The many times I would see Gonnie she was a very loving and caring woman. I know she will surely be missed by so many..... I...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Dianne Thomasson - greenville, KY

“I'm a former student of Amy Clark's, the daughter of Connie. My prayers are with the family. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: Sara Moore

“Dear Ms. Connie, Thank you for taking the time to work so hard to make sure the uniforms looked amazing so your children and their fellow band...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Roxana Joy Dehghanian Guy - KY

“To The Family of Connie Bryan God has a special place for Connie in Haven!!! What a wonderful person she was here on this earth, touched so many...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Janice - Greenville, KY

“My family and I will remember the contagious smile and witty sense of humor. To say she was sweet, now that is an understatement. She is forever a...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Shirley Fulford - gulf shores, AL

“Amy and family -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours as you face this difficult time in your life. May the many years of wonderful...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Gale Travis

“The thing I most remember about this fine lady was she was always smiling!!! And they were a big family like us!! She was the most patient women with...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Teresa Percy - Owensboro, KY

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23 of 29 | Posted by: Randy Adams - Greenville, KY

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Larry and all the children. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. There has never been another lady like...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Melissa moore - Central city, KY

“I remember Mrs Connie helping all the kids out in marching band. She would always cut up and carrying on with all of us. She always made us smile....Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Shandi Littlefield - Powderly, KY

“We are so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Her wonderful qualities will live on through you and your memories. Your family will continue to be...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Tim and Chrissy Bush - Cadiz, KY

“All of my memories with Connie Jean are wonderful. To me, She was an Angel that walked among us, and all who knew her were the lucky one's. One...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Joetta Wennberg - winfield, AL

“I have 2 ceramic angels Connie made and Christi gave them to me. I treasure them. She was the sweetest person and so good to my grandchildren who...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Ann Faith - Greenville, KY

“To The Family of Connie Bryan, We send our Condolences to the Family. ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Dorothy and Bill Carver - KY


GREENVILLE - Connie Jean Spears Bryan, 67, of Greenville, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2013 after an 18-month battle with autoimmune encephalitis. She was born September 3, 1946. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Madge Spears; two brothers, Timmy and Terry Spears; and son, John Bryan.

Connie met the love of her life and husband of fifty years, Larry, at a young age and they married on July 9, 1963. Not long after, they began a family. While she did not attend college, she could have easily earned a doctorate in the art of mothering. According to www.dictionary.com, mothering is "to bring up a child/person with care and affection." She not only mothered her eight children and her many grandchildren, but she also mothered all she encountered. She had an innate ability to make everyone around her feel loved and appreciated - from her own children to the neighborhood kids to the band students, and the list goes on. She was the most altruistic person I know - always putting others needs before her own. Countless times, she would go without so that others needs could be met. Nothing brought her greater joy than helping someone and ensuring everyone's happiness. She and Larry loved helping charitable organizations such as the Food Pantry, Alzheimer's Association, St. Jude's, and countless others. She was always guilty of hoarding "useless items" (to us, at least), but often times those useless items were exactly what someone needed.

She is the only person we know who could make nearly anything out of nothing. Need a poodle skirt for Decade Day with only 12 hours notice? You go it. Need an Elvira costume for a Halloween party tonight? Done. Being crafty was always one of her strengths. She could spend hours painting ceramics and drinking coffee. Give her some thread, material, and a sewing machine and she could make anything imaginable. Put her in the kitchen and watch her craftiness continue to amaze all in her presence. Her banana cake, chocolate pie, Alice Springs chicken, and baked ham could send you over the edge. Until this illness consumed her, there was nothing she couldn't do and nothing that scared her (except being near large bodies of water and watching someone get her ears pierced).

In fact, she faced open heart surgery for the first time in 2003. She approached it as though it was nothing more that a routine hair appointment. Her rationale? There's nothing I can do about it so there's no need in getting worked up over it." She always approached everything in the same manner - by following her life's mantras "Hakuna Matata", "Don't Worry; Be Happy", "Smile and nod", and "Just breathe". These were more than mere song titles or phrases to our dear mother.

Even through all the uncertainties of this mysterious illness, she maintained her calm optimism. Each time her neurologist shared the same apologetic, shrug-of-the-shoulders result of each test, Mom would tell him, "It's okay. Even if you can't fix me, maybe you'll be able to help someone else one day because of what I'm going through." Because of this, the family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (research center partnered with UK Medical Center Neurosciences Institute). Donations may be mailed to 800 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536-0230; or online donations may be made at www.centeronaging.uky.edu.

Survivors include her best friend and husband of fifty years, Larry; seven children, Phyllis (Robin) Moore, Anna (Bruce) Taylor, Larry (Lisa) Bryan Jr., Eric Bryan, Amy (Jason) Clark, Christi (Matthew) Shores, and Ashley (Matt) Wright; fourteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Glyna (Paul) Wice, Dian (Donald) Randolph, Sandra Hatcher, and Peggy Ford; one brother, Ronnie (Joyce) Spears; several nieces and nephews; and countless other friends and family.

What will we miss? Her smile. Her twinkling eyes. Her sense of humor. Her love of hot fudge. Her tickle scratches. Her laugh. But she will live on. With every act of kindness, her altruism will shine through. With every "Hootie-Hoo!", her silliness will persevere. With every stressful situation, her advice - "Just breathe" - will resonate. She was and is the wind beneath our wings.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:00AM at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, with Rev. Curtis McGehee officiating, assisted by Rev. Adam Brown. Burial in Coleman Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8PM and Thursday after 8:00AM at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.