GARDEN CITY - Irene (Murmuraki) Bryant, 87, died Friday, November 12, 2021 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas. She was born on February 14, 1934 to Erna (Ratnieks) and Vladimir Murmuraki in Brussels, Belgium.\n\nAfter the death of her father, Irene and her mother were sponsored by the Lutheran Church to move to the United States. They landed in Garden City when Irene was only 14 years of age. She was educated in the Garden City schools, graduating from high school in 1952. Irene furthered her education in business at Garden City Junior College graduating in 1954. She married Jack Bryant on September 3, 1960 in Denver, Colorado. Irene worked as an office manager for Area Mental Health Center until her retirement.\n\nAs a young lady, Irene enjoyed bowling and golf but the card game of bridge became her passion. She played with several bridge clubs in Garden City and was known to take the game seriously and demonstrate a fierce competitiveness. After earning different levels/degrees of achievement with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), Irene earned the title of Life Master from this organization. In recent years of social restriction she took up playing bridge online and enjoyed playing against some of the toughest competitors world-wide.\n\nIrene had sincere compassion for animals and loved her rescue dog, Maggie, who will live her life out with her grandson and his family.\n\nShe is survived by her daughter, Barbara Bryant-Wells and husband JR of Garden City; grandchildren, Roman Wells and wife Jessie of Garden City, Emily Burns and husband Shane of Garden City, and Boone Wells and wife Brittni of Salina; and seven great-grandchildren.\n\nShe is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Bryant and her parents, Vladimir and Erna Murmuraki.\n\nIrene enjoyed having coffee with friends. Her daughter, Barb, will host a coffee in her honor. Irene's family respected her wish by donating her body to the University of Kansas Medical Center's Willed Body Program.\n\nSuggested memorial contributions are to the Finney County Humane Society in care of Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, KS 67877. Condolences may be left online at WeeksFamilyFuneralHome.com \nTo send flowers to the family of Irene Bryant (Murmuraki), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.