October 01, 2023

Johanna N. “Ann” Bryant


Ann Bryant, 84, of Creston, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at Mercy One Medical Center in Des Moines. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Powers Funeral Home, 601 New York Avenue in Creston. Pastor Jodi Rushing will officiate. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Open visitation will be 3-7 p.m. with family receiving friends 5:30-7 Friday, Jan. 27 at Powers Funeral Home.

Memorials can be directed to the United Methodist Church of Creston, Creston Community Schools or Creston Care Initiatives. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.

Johanna Nancy “Ann” Bryant was born March 4, 1938, to Jesse and Mary Hall in Creston. After graduating from Creston High School in 1956, she worked as an operator for General Telephone in Creston.

Ann will be remembered most as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also a cherished friend to many.

She married Jim D. Bryant, on May 18, 1959. She enjoyed many years at home, ensuring a wonderful childhood and life for her family. She excelled at gardening, sewing and cooking, and was known for her homemade pies, salsa and doughnuts. Ann enjoyed traveling, helping others, attending elementary and high school sporting events and could be counted on to make noodles, salads and/or desserts for the Methodist Church.

Her creativity and floral design talents were revealed when she started working at Kelly’s Flowers Shop in Creston in the 1970s. Ann and Jim later purchased and operated the business until their retirement in 1990. During that time, Ann became a Master FTD Designer. After retirement, she continued to share her talents part-time at the Garden Gate Greenhouse, Nelda’s Greenhouse and Hy-Vee Floral.

Ann is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jim; daughters: Peggy (Ty) Rogers, Connie Bryant (fiancé Del), Debbie (Matt) Somers and son T.J. (Jennifer) Bryant. Missing her also will be her 11 grandchildren: Bailey (Austin) Schwarck, Alex Rogers, Sydney Rogers (fiancé Drew), Bryant Dippel, Austin Dippel, Carter Dippel, Kainen Somers, Camryn Somers, Kyle Somers, Paisley Bryant and Katrina Bryant and great-grandchildren: Ivory, Everly and Presley Schwarck.