Bessie Bryan Allen passed away Friday, May 7, 2010. She was born July 13 in Mud, Travis County to her parents, Charlie and Ellen Lohman. Bessie married Paul Edward Bryan. Four children were born to this union - two sons, Donald Edward and Aubrey Earl, and two daughters, Sandra Jo and Brenda Joyce.

Bessie retired from PPG chemical division in Corpus Christi, where she worked as a laboratory analyst for 36 years. After her first husband, Paul Bryan, passed away, she married George Roy Allen, a native of Charlottesville, Va. George was a rail buff, and since they met on a train, it seemed only fitting that their wedding should take place on a train. They were married on the Amtrak Crescent between Manassas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. on December 29, 1989. Bessie loved mountains, streams, birds and flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, one daughter, Sandra Jo Bryan; her brothers, Owen and O. B. Lohman; and her sisters, Iula Wieland, Iona Carlson Fetner and Lorena Hammack LeBleu.

Survivors include her husband, George Allen of Corpus Christi; children, Dr. Donald Bryan (Jean) of Sandia, Aubrey Bryan (Beatrice) of Corpus Christi, Brenda Smalling (Roy) of Alice; six grandchildren, Scott Bryan (Kristi) of San Angelo, Ben Bryan of Rotan, Alan Smalling (Amy) of The Colony, Matthew Smalling (Nikki) of Odessa, Aubrey Bryan Jr. of Denver, Colo., Judith Chen (Jerry) of Singapore; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, May 10, 2010 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with her son-in-law, Roy Smalling, officiating. Burial followed in Seaside Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren.

Those who wish may make contributions to their favorite charity.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home