Farmers & Merchants Bank Celebrates Valued Client's 100th Birthday

December 20, 2021


LONG BEACH, CA (December 20, 2021) - Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M Bank) celebrated the 100th birthday of Ethel Bryant, a valued client for over 25 years. F&M’s Bixby Knolls office, at 4545 California Avenue, played host to Mrs. Bryant’s 100th birthday celebration on Monday afternoon. F&M employees, clients and family of Mrs. Bryant were all in attendance. She was celebrated with cupcakes, a special letter of thanks from F&M Executives and a “Happy Birthday” song from the crowd.

F&M Bank Chairman of the Board and CEO, Daniel K. Walker said “It is truly a special honor for all of us here at F&M to have the privilege of serving a client like Mrs. Bryant.”

Ethel J. Bryant was born in Beauregard, Mississippi in 1921, just 14 years after F&M Bank was founded. She married Henry Bryant, Jr. in 1938 and they had 4 children. They moved to Long Beach in 1974, where she has been a beloved neighbor in the Virginia Country Club neighborhood ever since. Mrs. Bryant worked as a nurse for hospitals and private patients in Mississippi, New Orleans and in Long Beach. She provided nursing care to Long Beach residents in their homes until she was 86-years old. Today, Ethel has 4 children, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bryant’s community involvement includes 32 years as an election poll worker in Bixby Knolls where she advocated for citizens to “Get out and Vote.” She was an active member of the first Head Start School in Beauregard, Mississippi and was an active member of the Long Beach Branch NAACP for decades.

Earlier in life, Mrs. Bryant was a gospel singer, performing on the radio, in concert, and at churches. She enjoyed travel and was known for her fashion and style, wearing elaborate hats and dresses. She has designed and handmade over 50 quilts and specializes in cooking African-American Southern cuisine.

Ethel Bryant is a loyal client at Farmers & Merchants Bank, where she still relies on the F&M Bank Bixby Knolls Office for her banking needs.

About Farmers & Merchants Bank

Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by C.J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank provides white-glove service to clients at 25 branches from San Clemente to Santa Barbara, as well as through robust Online and Mobile Banking platforms. The Bank offers commercial and small business banking, business loan programs, home loans, and a robust offering of consumer retail banking products, including checking, savings and youth accounts. Farmers & Merchants Bank is a California state-chartered bank with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Member FDIC) and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information about F&M, please visit the website,