Frances Bright, my grandmother, died on Sunday. Liz and I both returned last night to St. Louis and will drive later this morning to South Carolina. My grandmother was a great woman that I will miss until the end of my time. The State, Colimbia's daily newspaper, carried her obit today.
COLUMBIA - Services for Frances Crout Bright, 85, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Shandon Baptist Church with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church building fund. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Mrs. Bright died Sunday, December 28, 2003. Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Huey Crout and Velma Oxner Crout Manley. She was a former library clerk at Columbia and A.C. Flora High School and a former treasurer/bookkeeper with Bright Animal Clinic.
Mrs. Bright was a member of Shandon Baptist Church, "We Care" Sunday School Class and Columbia College Alumni Club.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, C. O. "Rock" Bright Sr.; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. C.O. Bright Jr. and Ruth A. Bright of Columbia; daughter and son-in-law, Judith Frances Bright and John C. Thomas of Cathlamet, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Harold Earl and Jean Crout of Columbia; grandchildren, Tonya Gramann, Debra Huss, Charles Currie Jr., Jennifer Bertrand and Heather Medders; and great-grandchildren, Hannah Gramann, Dylan Medders, Devin Medders and Ian Rock Bertrand.
I'm sorry that I don't have any pictures to post right now. My computer crashed and my access is limited.
We did enjoy our stay in Portland. My sermon seemed to go well at Portland's First Congregational United Church of Christ. I was happy to see Gretchen Kafoury, Mollie Copeland, Christian Paul, The Rev. Dr. Arvin and Sue Luchs, The Rev. Dana Brown, The Rev. Dr. Pat Ross, The Rev. Gene Ross, Jon Ross, Larisa Zimmerman and many other people. I also made a quick drop-by during the coffee hour at First United Methodist Church and was happy to see so many people there.