The spirit of Faye E. Bryan, age 87, of Wasta, S.D., departed Thursday, July 28, 2016, after her brief stay at Hans P. Peterson Hospital, Philip.
She was the daughter of William and Ida Norton, born Sept. 3, 1929, at Wall. During her childhood the family moved to Hot Springs and Spearfish, then returned to Wall. Faye especially remembered her instructors in elementary classrooms at Black Hills Teachers College.
After graduating from Wall High School in 1946, Faye married George Bryan. Together they purchased the ranch north of Wall where they lived for 50 years. Because of George’s declining health, they left the ranch and moved to Wasta in 1996.
Faye worked outdoors beside George throughout their married life. The book which she did not write was "The Cook Wore Spurs." She was passionate about the Arabian horses they raised and kept meticulous records of their bloodlines. Among her many friends are those whom they met through the Arabian Horse Association.
Faye was a many-faceted person. She was a frugal but astute businesswoman with keen interests in astronomy, nature in all its forms, politics, history, poetry and music. Her collection of books covered a wide range of topics and she kept a daily journal. Leather toolings which she did in years past are works of art. Not one to be left behind by ever-changing technology, Faye mastered the computer and used email, Facebook and Twitter to stay in contact with friends.
Survivors include her older brother, Clayton Norton, Tigard, Ore., and his son and daughter, Bill and Shirley; several Bryan and Woods nieces and nephews and an ever-widening circle of friends, all of whom will miss her companionship.
Her spirit was preceded to the great beyond by those of her parents; spouse, George, in 2001; many favorite horses; and long-time feline companion, Giddy.
Honoring Faye's request, no service will be held. Instead, she asked that family and friends throw a party. A celebration will take place at a later date.
Cards and memorials may be sent to Faye Bryan Memorial c/o Sheila Drees, P.O. Box 144, Wall, SD 57790.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.