Women Making a Difference

Rachael Davidson, left, Jenna Bryan, center, and Dracaea Lee, right, of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home. (Barry Eberling/Daily Republic)

Women Making a Difference 2014

Bryan-Braker women make difference for community

By From page WMD15 | March 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Bryan-Braker Funeral Home has a group of woman making a difference, both at the business and in the lives of community members.

Jenna Bryan, Rachael Davidson and Dracaea Lee work in various positions at Bryan-Braker. The local business has been owned by the Bryan family across two generations since 1954.

“When I started in the business, all funeral home directors were men,” owner Craig Bryan said. “That was about 1982.”

Things have changed, though Craig Bryan said he concentrates not on hiring exclusively men or women, but people with talent.

“I have some outstanding funeral professionals,” he said. “Their contributions allow us to provide the personal service we are proud to be a part of.”

Jenna Bryan is Craig Bryan’s daughter. She recently returned to the area after 13 years and works on funeral arrangement and cemetery sales. She majored in communications in college and wanted to do something involving marketing or writing. It took her some time to decide to be part of the family business that provided a backdrop in her life as she grew up.

“It’s really a calling,” Jenna Bryan said. “You have to have a passion for it, I believe. Otherwise, you’re just doing the family (of the deceased) a disservice.”

Her father talked about the job being a calling and she didn’t know if she had it until recently, Jenna Bryan said.

“But I understand what he’s talking about now and I’m grateful for it,” Jenna Bryan said. “This position is a beautiful opportunity to be there for people and families during a tough time.”

Lee has done graphic design work at Bryan-Braker for nine years. She designs memorial folders, Web presentations and DVD productions.

She started her career as a graphic designer in Anaheim in advertising, but she did some work for family friends who had a funeral home and found a new calling. Working for a funeral home allowed her to design something to offer to loved ones of the deceased as a keepsake and that felt good, she said.

“It just came to be where I had a special niche in the field,” Lee said.

Her husband got an assignment at Travis Air Force Base and she moved to Solano County. That led to her job at Bryan-Braker.

“I appreciate a family owned funeral home,” Lee said.

Davidson is a funeral director and embalmer. She was born in England, traveled around the world as a nanny, moved to New York and ultimately moved to Solano County with her husband. She started working at Bryan-Braker in 2010 as a chapel attendant.

As a funeral director, she works with family members of the deceased on the type of arrangements they want to make. She gets to know about the deceased loved one while working with the family.

“You want to find out the tribute they would want for their loved one and make the best memory of the person as possible and be instrumental in making that possible,” Davidson said.

It’s a chance to make a difference.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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