LaMae (Neas) Bryant

Saturday, February 21, 2015

LaMae (Neas) Bryant, 72, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at her home in Nevada. LaMae was born Jan. 13, 1943, in Fort Scott, Kan., to Cawood I. and LaNelle (Duncan) Neas.

LaMae was raised in Nevada and attended Nevada R-5 schools graduating with the Class of 1961. She then attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo., and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. In 1980, LaMae began a sales career working as a sales executive at KNEM radio and then with the Nevada Daily Mail from 1983 to 1986. Her employment also included, manager of budget printing in Nevada, working for Forms'n Labels in Fort Scott as a sales executive from 1991 to 1998, and she was the Owner/Operator of Creative Communication Services from 1998 until her retirement in 2005.

LaMae always took an interest in her community and was involved in many things including being a member of Chapter DW, P.E.O., Research Club, Thalias, the All Saints Episcopal Church and Nevada Country Club. She served on the Board of C.C.P.A. and the Moss House. LaMae also volunteered as a manager/buyer for the NRMC gift shop and as a Girl Scout leader.

Survivors include her long-time companion, Chris Owen, of the home; her children, Matthew Swearingen and his wife, Joyce, Nevada, and Joseph Swearingen and his wife, Sarah, Nevada; grandchildren, Jadyn Swearingen, Carter Swearingen, Owen Swearingen, Clara Swearingen, Lucy Swearingen, Lauren Silvola and her son, Adrien, and Brooke Silvola. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son, Jeffrey Jackson Swearingen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the All Saints Episcopal Church, in Nevada, with the Revs. Roger Stinnett and Ted Estes officiating. Interment will follow in Deepwood Cemetery, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home, in Nevada.

Memorials may be made in her memory to the All Saints Episcopal Church or the Jeffrey Swearingen Memorial Scholarship to the University of Missouri in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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