Sept. 10, 1918 - Sept. 26, 2002

Former Grant County resident Jaunita G. Bryant, 84 of Hillsboro died Sept. 26.

She was born Sept. 10, 1918, in Chelan, Wash., to William and Zepha (Peter) Lee. The family settled in Long Creek, where she was raised on the homestead of her grandfather, Charles Hickey Lee. Her childhood was spent milking cows, riding her favorite horse, Fox, playing the piano and organ, silent movies at the grange hall and local dances.

In December 1935, she married Julius Farmer in Grant County. Children born to this union were Clara Lee, Virginia Kay and a daughter who died in infancy. They lived in Seneca and Long Creek, while Mr. Farmer logged. The couple later divorced.

She found employment in Oregon, Washington and California as a waitress, bartender and school bus driver. Driving troop trucks in California was her contribution to the war, but her family continued to be the center of her focus.

She remarried in November 1945 to LeRoy Moore and three children were born: Jaunalee, William and Rene. The family lived in Washington and California, but the couple later divorced.

On Nov. 18, 1958, she married Chester H. Bryant at Portland. They resided at Beaverton, where the children, including Mr. Bryant's two children, were raised and educated.

She enjoyed bowling, canning, sewing, fishing, playing cards, music, gardening and her family. She was known for her sense of humor.

Mrs. Bryant is survived by former husband, Julius Farmer of John Day; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Cheryl Moore of Hillsboro; three daughters and sons-in-law, Clara and Don Montgomery of Payson, Ariz., Virginia and Bob Widing of Molalla, and Rene and Carlos Lucero of Beaverton; stepson and daughter-in-law, Bob and Chris Bryant of Tualatin; stepdaughter, Charlotte Cormack of Montana; 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband, Chester H. Bryant, and daughter Jaunalee Bleth.

A Celebration of Life was held Oct. 1 at Bronleewe-Bass Funeral Home. Interment was at Finley's Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Portland.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Washington County Hospice, 427 S.E. Eighth Ave., Hillsboro, OR 97123.

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