Lucille Bonnett Bryant (affectionately known as Aunt Cille) was born on January 31, 1910 in San Antonio, Texas to the proud parents of Andrew Bonnett and Lena Benson. Sadly, she was predeceased by her only sibling, Onita B. Chretien in 1988. She was educated in San Antonio and after high school attended Wiley University in Marshall, Texas. Having an unquenchable thirst for knowledge she left Texas to attend N.Y.U. graduate school. In 1942 she completed her Master’s Degree at U.S.C.
Her dynamic drive and ambition were always reflected in her work and experiences. Her first teaching was in San Antonio where she taught Business Education and English at Douglass Jr. HS. During WWII as a college graduate she garnered a highly coveted teaching opportunity in the Washington D.C. school system.
In 1945 she moved to Los Angeles, and in 1950 graciously brought her niece, Chere Cantu Chretien, from San Antonio to attend college. By 1952 she had purchased a home. In 1954 she married the late, George E. Bryant, a realtor and insurance broker. They enjoyed 22 Yrs. of marital bliss and international travel.
Her teaching career spanned several decades and during that time she was an outstanding educator holding all, including herself, to the highest standards of behavior. She also held positions of high school counselor and a reading specialist. Her last assignment was with the Los Angeles Unified School District where she retired after 30 years.
Always responsible, Lucille was a member of many civic and professional organizations and often served as an officer or official. She was a longtime member of the LA Urban League, the League of Women Voters, the YWCA, the NAACP, U.S.C. Alumni Club and Wiley Alumni Club. She served as President and as Financial Secretary of the Tiffany Guild. She was on the Executive Board of the Harry Mier Foundation. Other organizations included the LA Teachers Assn., the Nat’l Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association and Women on Target. As California Retired Teachers Association President, she served two terms and was always vigilant for recruiting new members even from her bedside in her later years.
A skillful bridge player, she regularly and seriously played with various groups and worthy opponents. However, her passion was her Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. Her service and participation have been legendary. She was initiated at Wiley into Pi Chapter. She was a charter member of Alpha Tau Omega Chapter in San Antonio. Joined Xi Zeta Omega in Washington, D. C. She transferred to the Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter when she migrated to Los Angeles in 1945. Her continuous membership for more than 82 years is studded with innumerable highlights. Achieving Diamond Soror status after seventy-five years. Lucille held many offices and chaired numerous committees. Lucille served in three National offices: Far Western Regional Director, National Financial Director and First Surpreme Anti-Basileus. She attended almost all Boules and Regional Conferences until 2002.
Always a devout Christian, Lucille joined Hamilton Methodist Church upon her arrival in Los Angeles. She has been a longtime member of Holman United Methodist Church, serving on the Commission of Social Concerns, as president of the Wesleyan Service Guild and attended regular services until no longer physically able to do so. Even then, she attended occasionally and remained interactive with parishioners. As a firm believer in tithing, she did so faithfully until her demise.
In 1990, Ms. Bryant began to display small signs of health concerns and because of diminishing eyesight had to relinquish driving. However, still feisty, she remained in control of her activities and her own “business”. As time moved on she did release some of her decision-making to her beloved niece, Chere. In 2006 failing health required residing in a nursing facility, where she remained alert, interactive with family, Sorors, church members and friends until her demise, October 31, 2010.
She leaves to appreciate her long, rewarding lifetime, her niece (aka, daughter), Chere Talbert; Grand-nephew and Godson, Oliver Talbert; Great niece, Olivia Talbert, Sorors around the globe, countless friends and admirers.
Lucille B. Bryant leaves a vast void that can never be filled.