Kathy Bryant, 54, died Feb. 3, 2010, with her family by her side in Belfast.

Kathy was an incredible person who dedicated her life to helping others. She was a leader in the community, teaching Sunday school, taking care of families who needed assistance and being a friend to seniors throughout the community.

Kathy saw a need in Waldo County for someone to help families in need provide Christmas presents to their children. As a result, she created an organization called Wings of Love. Her mission was to ensure that all children and families in Waldo County who needed assistance would receive it. Over the years the program has expanded to also provide support to senior citizens as well as school supplies and clothes for children at the beginning of the school year.

Along this journey, she found ways to inspire others by motivating them to become involved in helping others. In 2006, Kathy was recognized for her work with Wings of Love and the community as a recipient of the “2 Those Who Care” Award by WLBZ Channel 2 in Bangor.

Kathy touched the lives of so many people and will always be loved. The memory of Kathy and all that she has accomplished will become a treasure to everyone who knew her.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clyde Bailey and Shirley Bailey.

She was a beloved wife to John Bryant, with whom she shared 35 years of marriage; and she was a loving mother of two children, Jennifer Hahn and her husband, Daniel, of Bear, Del., and John Bryant and his fiancée, Tammy Benecke; two granddaughters, Alexis and Isabelle; three sisters, Jean Verzoni, Diana Corey and Vicki Woods; and a brother Clyde Bailey.

Friends are invited to call Sunday, Feb. 7 from 2-4 p.m. at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., where funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Reynolds officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wings of Love program to further the work that Kathy inspired at: Wings of Love, P.O. Box 529, Belfast, ME 04915.

Online condolences may be expressed at crabielripostafuneralhome.com.