Margery Susan “Sue” Forsberg-Bryant died peacefully on Thursday, May 12, surrounded by family in the Kirksville Manor Care Center.
Sue was born in Evanston, Illinois, on April 9, 1937. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John Bryant, and their four daughters and son-in-law, Suzan and Alan Mahoney, Catherine Sawyer-Munger, Ruth Sawyer-Doyle, and Kimberly Bryant-Heimer; their two sons and two daughters-in-law, Kirk and Joni Bryant, and Kent and Cindy Bryant; their thirteen grandchildren and their spouses, Audrey and Danny Niekamp, Joel and Megan Western, Brett and Karissa Bryant, Kayla and Ryan Smith, Erin McLain, Lauren McLain, Autumn McLain, Mathew Schrage, Rosemary Munger, Andrew Doyle, John Heimer, Sara Heimer and Cody Bryant; and eight great-grandchildren, Bonnie McLain, Calvin Niekamp, Meredith Heimer, Emma Heimer, Kale Heimer, Bryant Western, Marli Western, and Konnor Bryant.
Sue is also survived by her sisters and their spouses, Christie and Tom French, Connie and Sandy McClure, and Adele and Randy Thompson, and sister in law and spouse Nick and Janet Turner, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents Charles Alvin Lundberg Jr. and Margery Alice McCleory Lundberg-Forsberg, her adopted father Delbert A. Forsberg, her sister Ann “Bunny” Hobbins, her brother Charlie Forsberg, her father- and mother-in-law Leslie and Katie Bryant, and her grandson Joseph “Joey” Bryant.
Following her birth in Evanston, Sue and her family moved to Wilmette, Illinois. Sue’s father died of scarlet fever during her childhood, and Sue’s mother went on to marry Delbert Forsberg in 1949. Sue and her siblings were adopted by Delbert, and the family moved together to Madison, Wisconsin. They lived on Lake Mendota where Sue loved sailing and ice skating. She went on to study history at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
In the early ’70s, Sue worked as an Activities Director at a nursing home in Tucson, Arizona, where she lived with her three girls. Sue loved living in Arizona, and it was there that she met her soon-to-be husband, John. They were married on September 5, 1975, and afterward the couple moved their family to Illinois before finally settling in Edina, Missouri. While living in Edina, Sue and John raised their family and farmed more than 700 acres of land together. An avid gardener and reader, Sue also dedicated time to her faith at the Methodist Church of Edina. Art was another passion for Sue, and she was known for her beautiful stained glass, unique wreaths, hand-made cards, and intricately painted woodwork. Sue and John would sell their creations from Kirksville, Missouri, to Denver, Colorado.
After John retired from his long career of farming, the couple traveled the world, seeing the Egyptian pyramids, the Panama Canal, Italy, and countless other far-flung destinations. They settled in Kirksville in 2007 and spent their winters in Arizona. They were well-loved by many friends in both of their home cities.
In Edina and Kirksville, Sue volunteered for her local clothes closet and food pantry and was a dedicated member of various women’s clubs, including the Red Hatters. Despite her many commitments, Sue still found time to be a loving and supportive partner for John, an affectionate mother to her children, and a warmhearted grandmother for her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, with funeral service at 2:30 p.m. at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home. Burial will be in Park View Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers Kirk Bryant, Kent Bryant, Joel Western, Cody Bryant, Brett Bryant, Andrew Doyle Honorary Pallbearers Nick Turner, Alan Mahoney, John Heimer, Danny Niekamp, Matthew Schrage, Ryan Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Sue’s favorite charity, St. Jude Hospital. Sue loved children and spent much of her life giving her time and money to improve their lives.
Arrangements in the care of Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO, www.davisplaylehudsonrimer.com.