Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Muzel Bryant, March 12, 1904 - February 18, 2008

Islanders were saddened Monday to learn of the death of Muzel Bryant. She was less than one month shy of her 104th birthday. A kind and unpretentious woman, Muzel had lived with Kenny Ballance for fourteen years. Muzel was the last of her family to call Ocracoke home. She is survived by two sisters, Mamie in New York City, and Anna Laura in Swan Quarter, NC, and a neice, Mary, who also lives in New York. The funeral will be Saturday.

I would periodically stop by to visit Muze. She always had time to visit, talk about old times on the island, and chat about current events. She had a prodigious memory, and always amazed me by remembering my birthday, my children's birthdays, and practically every other Ocracoker's birthday.

You can read my report of Muze's 100th birthday celebration and some of her family history here:

Everyone agrees that Muze was an island treasure. She will be greatly missed.

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  1. Anonymous9:05 AM

    Sorry to hear about Muzel Bryant, never got to meet her, but enjoyed your article and have a copy of her 100th Birthday party tape. Will have to go watch it again.
    Enjoy your long weekend off, THANKS for keeping us all posted!!

  2. Anonymous11:04 AM

    she sure will be missed...
    what a wonderful lady!