Bryant, Mary "Lou"

Mary Louise (Lou) Shannon Bryant, 89, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Garland, Texas.

Lou was born to William Thomas and Sadie Scoggins Shannon on July 21, 1926 in Houston, Texas.  She was a graduate of Lamar High School and Sam Houston State University.

After graduation she accepted a teaching position in Refugio, Texas.  There she met her beloved husband, Homer Gene Bryant.  They were married  for sixty-two years.

They moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where they reared their three daughters.  Lou was a loving wife and mother.  She was an excellent cook and artist.  She enjoyed sailing, gardening, and supported many of her husband’s interests especially his hobby of playing the banjo, guitar and ukulele.

Lou  taught school for thirty-five years.  She was a highly respected and sought after teacher.

After retirement, Lou continued to tutor many students in reading.  She enjoyed golf and travel.  She loved volunteering at The Church of the Good Shepherd.  But most of all Lou enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her six grandchildren.  She exemplified strength, generosity, patience and love.

Lou was preceded in death by her husband.  She is survived by her three daughters: Jeanann Stewart and husband Dan of Dallas, Texas; Rebecca Popejoy and husband Mike also of Dallas, Texas; Elizabeth Stukalin and husband David of Houston, Texas; her six grandchildren and one great grandchild:  Rebecca Stewart Griffith, husband Wade and son Graham; Adam Stewart; Bryant Popejoy; Hannah Popejoy; Sarah Popejoy and Sarah Elaina Stukalin; her sister Betty Shannon Medlenka;  her sisters in law, Pat Bryant and Jane Schmiedekamp and numerous nieces and nephews; and friends Jose and Zule Moncada.

We would like to give a special note of thanks to Bernice Bell, for the love and care she gave to Lou in the final 6 years of her earthly life.  Bernice was more than a wonderful caregiver, she was a beloved friend and became a member of the family.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on August 14, 2015 at St. James Episcopal Church, 9845 McCree Road, Dallas, Texas, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to UT Southwestern, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas TX 7539-0888 or online at  to the support The Texas Institute of Brain Injury and Repair at UT Southwestern Medical Center (TIBR)

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238