LaRue Marie Bryant


    LaRue Marie Bryant of Sullivan, Missouri was born in Elmont, Missouri on February 20, 1926 to Otto and Matilda (Ruwwe) Kleager and passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the age of 95 years.


    She attended and graduated from Sullivan High School, Class of 1943.
    LaRue married Thomas J. Bryant on May 7, 1944.
    LaRue was a housewife and also worked outside of the home as a cook for the Sullivan High School, and later, as a floral designer for Bishop Florist. LaRue was an active member of the Eastern Star Sullivan Chapter #105 and a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church.
    In her spare time, LaRue enjoyed walking, feeding her hummingbirds and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; her parents, Otto and Matilda Kleager; and brother, Gervis Kleager.
    She is survived by two daughters, Shirley “Jean” Sterle and husband Fred of Centerview, Missouri and Sherry Bellafiore and husband Tony of Smithville, Missouri; son, Ron Bryant and wife Terri of Grain Valley, Missouri; step son, Tom Bryant and wife Vi of Sullivan, Missouri; six grandchildren, Keith Shelton and wife Joni of Centerview, Missouri, Doug Shelton and wife Stephanie of Cuba, Missouri, Angela Jones and husband Steven of Turney, Missouri, Corinne Baker of Blue Springs, Missouri, Adam Bryant of Grain Valley, Missouri and Sam Bryant of Grain Valley, Missouri; 11 great grandchildren, Eva, Jeanette, Luke, Lauryn, Alek, Callie, Owen, Nolan, Jaxon, Phoebe and Olivia; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sullivan, Missouri.
    Eastern Star services were held 12:30 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Ron Kopplemann officiating.
    Cremation arrangements have taken place with inurnment in I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, Missouri.