Geraldine Bryant

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Geraldine Bryant, nee Rouse, 72, of Belleville, IL, born September 28, 1946, in Lincolnton, GA, died, Saturday, January 26, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Bryant had a Master of Science degree in Healthcare management.  She worked for many years as a nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Belleville, IL and in administration as a physicians’ liaison at the former St. Mary’s Hospital of East St. Louis, IL.  She was a woman of strong Baptist faith, having most recently belonged as a member of the Church at Scott Air Force Base, Chapel II.  Geraldine loved to travel and loved dogs.  She was an avid bowler and for the last several years participated in the “Skip Bryant Memorial League” honoring her husband.  Most of all, Geraldine was a lover of anything that had “a little bit of class.”

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Lyle Bryant, whom she married on February 22, 1972, and who died on February 24, 2014; her parents, Joe and Maria, nee Blackwell, Rouse; and 2 sisters and 5 brothers.

She is survived by a son and two daughters, Scott Bryant of Belleville, IL, Carmen Rouse (fiancée Anthony Story) of Sanger, TX, and Michelle (John) Barbeau of St. Louis, MO;
a grandson, Elijah Barbeau;
a sister, Mae Leitha Norman;
a brother, Willie (Jeannette) Rouse;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. 

Private burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


7 Comments on Geraldine Bryant

Linda Mehochko said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2019 at 1:43 AM

Michelle, Scott and Carmen, My sincere condolence on the loss of your mom. I worked with your mom when she worked in the recovery room at St. Elizabeth for many years. She was a good nurse and such a gentle lady. Thank you for sharing her with the family at St. Elizabeth's.

  • IL
Markeetia Collins said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2019 at 12:59 AM

Scott, Michelle and Carmen very sorry to Hear about your mother. I moved to Arkansas in June, got txt from her in Jan. Call me if I can do anything,she will be missed .

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Carolyn Karasek Needles said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2019 at 6:04 PM

Michelle, Scott and Carmen, My sincere condolence on the loss of your mom. I worked with your mom on telemetry, in recovery room and in the stress lab at St. Elizabeth for many years. We were both nurses sometimes just trying to make it through the day. She was a good nurse and nice person. She was so proud of her children. Her face lit up when she spoke of you. Know that she definitely left her mark on the world. She touched many lives and left this world a better place.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sandra Voss said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2019 at 1:54 AM

So sorry for your loss. Spent many nights bowling with Skip and Dean. May God bless you and give you strength, Dean is with her love again!

  • Swansea
  • Il
Rose MERTENS said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2019 at 7:20 PM

Michelle and family, I worked many evenings with your mom at St Elizabeths in Belleville. She was a good person and very good nurse. It was many years ago, but I still remember her talking about Michelle. I have a Michelle too, so it gave us one more thing in common--besides being evening nurses. Sincere sympathy to all of your family.

  • Illinois
Pastor Cora Suiter said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2019 at 7:01 PM

To The Bryant and Rouse Family; My love and my prayers are always with your family in this trying time. Although your hearts are heavy, know that you serve a God will comfort, strength and keep you through all times and things. My prayer is that God will keep your family and give you the strength needed to make it through. God bless and keep all of you is my prayer. Pastor Cora Suiter and the First Baptist Church of Braddock Hills

  • Braddock
  • PA.
Pastor George & Rev Avis Williams said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2019 at 6:45 PM

To the family of Geraldine Bryant Avis and I are sending our deepest condolence and our prayer is forever with the family. Remember what the word of God says in St John 14 chapter,Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions if it were not so I would have told you I go to prepare a place for you that where I am you may be also. Pastor GA Williams and Reverend Avis A Williams the first Baptist Church of West Mifflin PA 412-638-1880

  • West Mifflin
  • PA 15122

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