Ardis Irene Bryant, age 80, of Montrose, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at her daughter’s residence.
She was born Aug. 1, 1932, in Montrose, the daughter of Paul and Beatrice Carrol Prestidge.
Ardis graduated from Buffalo High School in 1949.
She was joined in marriage with Gilman Bryant Dec. 18, 1953, at Camp LeJeune, NC. God blessed their marriage with three children.
Ardis was employed for 32 years at Tonka Toys.
She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially watching them at their sporting events. Ardis also liked cooking, reading, camping, and going to the cabin at South Long Lake and playing Ten Thousand.
Ardis was a faithful member of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Buffalo.
She is survived by her children: Deb (Jim) Ross of North Branch, and Diane (Darryl) Kivi of Rockford; seven grandchildren: Melissa Mellema, Aaron Ramthun, Shannon Thompson, Jacquline Clark, Alison Lee, Rebecca Gutierrez, and Justin Buckley; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers Bob and Linda Prestidge of Montrose, Dick and Janie Prestidge of Waverly, and Keith and Carol Prestidge of Montrose; and other relatives and friends.
Ardis was preceded in death by her husband, Gilman Bryant, Aug. 2, 2011; a son, Kevin; a great-grandson, Saka; her parents; a brother, William; and by a sister, June.
Funeral services took place Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Buffalo with Pastor Rob Jarvis officiating. Joanne Jarvis was the organist. Interment followed at Kreidler Cemetery in rural Montrose.
Visitation was Saturday, May 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Sunday one hour prior to services at the church.
Honorary casket bearers were Justin Buckley Sr., Cody Thompson, Allen Ramstad, Dylan Braith, Scott Mellema, Justin Buckley Jr., Braylon Clark, and Deacon Ramthun.
Casket bearers were Jim Ross, Darryl Kivi, Aaron Ramthun, Brent Thompson, Humberto Gutierrez, and Kent Clark.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.