In Memory of Doris M. Bryan

Doris M. Bryan
Doris M. Bryan
Born: August 19, 1921
Died: December 5, 2022
Age: 101
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Doris M. Bryan
August 19, 1921 - December 5, 2022
Doris M. Bryan, age 101, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2022, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Luann Benge will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Doris Mae (Nicholson) Bryan, the daughter of Willard and Sarah (Tague) Nicholson, was born on August 19, 1921, in Moorhead, Iowa. She grew up on a farm near Denison, Iowa. The family moved to Dunlap, Iowa, where she graduated from high school with the class of 1939. The family then moved to a farm near Ida Grove, Iowa, in 1941. Doris helped with the farm work during WWII before marrying Kenneth Richard Bryan on February 17, 1946, in Ida Grove. They were blessed with one son, Kenneth Jr. Doris lived the rest of her life in Ida Grove.

Doris was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and was active in various committees within the United Methodist Women and served on the administrative council. She taught Sunday School and Bible School. As a member of the Order of Eastern Star for over 40 years, she held many offices including the position of Worthy Matron with her son, Ken, serving as Worthy Patron during special events. Always a supporter of the military, she belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved her United States of America. The Horn Hospital Auxiliary was another of her cherished activities. For several years, Doris worked as a receptionist and assistant in the local veterinarian’s office. During her middle years, she and her sister, Dorothy, created silk flower arrangements for weddings and other special occasions. 

The most fulfilling/rewarding career for Doris was as a “happy homemaker”. She loved to care for her family and spoil her grand and great-grandchildren as well as spend time sewing, knitting, crocheting, gardening, reading, and playing on the computer. At 100 years old, she would text her family, follow Facebook activities, and connect with others on Zoom.

Those who live to cherish her memory include her son Kenneth (Kay) Bryan of Ida Grove, IA; granddaughter Kristen (Gale) Wessel of Ankeny, IA; grandson Keith (Laura) Bryan of Coralville, IA; great-grandchildren Logan and Lindsey Wessel, Ella and Jacob Bryan. Many nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews will miss her ready support.

She was preceded in death by her parents Willard and Sarah Nicholson; husband Kenneth Bryan; brothers Floyd, Ralph (Lorraine), and Dale (Margaret) Nicholson; her constant companion and sister Dorothy (Welcum) Figley; grandnephews Kevin Carney and Michael Nicholson.


1:00 p.m., Saturday,
December 17, 2022
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

A Facebook Live of the memorial service will be available on the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Homes Facebook page: 


Rev. Luann Benge


Honorary Pallbearers
Kristen & Gale Wessel
Keith & Laura Bryan
Logan Wessel
Lindsey Wessel
Ella Bryan
Jacob Bryan


No Visitation


"It Is Well With My Soul"
"Beyond The Sunset" ~ solo
"Because He Lives"
"God Will Take Care of You"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 5:45 PM
“I am so sorry. Your mother has always sounded like a wonderful lady with lots of love to give to give to everyone she new. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
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