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Nova Bryan Nova Bryan
(February 6, 1928 - July 26, 2013)


Nova Marie Bryan, 85, of Gainesville, MO passed away on July 26, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO. She was born on February 6, 1928 in Luna, MO, the daughter of Thomas A. and Ollie Rae (Pitchford) Miller.

Nova grew up in Ozark County and married Byron Bryan in 1948 in Mountain Home, AR. The couple made their home in Howell County, where they ran a dairy farm and raised their family. Nova was baptized at an early age and going to church was always very important to her. She loved her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved listening to gospel and bluegrass music. She enjoyed being outdoors gardening and working with her flowers. Nova was a Christian and a member of the Gainesville First Baptist Church. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Nova is survived by her children, Stanley Bryan and wife Connie of Seymour, MO and Patsy McGhee of West Plains, MO; her grandchildren Ranee Reid, Jennifer Hoxworth and husband Bob, Jake King and wife Dolly, Rachel Breesawitz and husband Craig; her great grandchildren Kelsie Martin and husband Dalton, Emily King, Elizabeth King, Hunter Reid, Reid Breesawitz, Sarah Hoxworth, Lily Breesawitz, Derek Hoxworth; and great-great grandchild Addison Martin. She is also survived by two sisters Lura Hambelton and Fern Beasley and husband James, all of Gainesville, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Byron; and five siblings, Velta Hambelton, Violet Morrison, Junior “Art” Miller, Jake Miller and Fred Miller; and one grandson Brian McGhee.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville, MO with Mike Dillin officiating. Burial will be in the Epps Cemetery, south of Willow Springs, MO. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon, July 28th from 3-5 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel, Gainesville, MO. Memorials may be made to the Gainesville First Baptist Church or to the Ozark County Senior Center. On line condolences may be made to