Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mary Catherine Brace

Wellsville, NY - Mary Catherine Brace, 100, of 230 West State Street died on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at Wellsville Highland Healthcare Center. She was born August 13, 1910 in Elmira, NY the daughter of Charles Henry and Mary (Regan) Lewis. On December 28, 1938 in Elmira she married Eugene Otis Brace.

Mary graduated from Elmira College in 1931. She taught French and English at Mayville High School in Mayville, NY and at Elmira Free Academy in Elmira, NY. She later taught second grade at Schererville Elementary School in Schererville, Indiana.

She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the Monday Club and the Immaculate Conception Parish in Wellsville. She also served as the Juliet Lowe Chairman for the Girl Scouts of America.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Barbara (Russell Lee) Wood of Oglesby, IL, and Jeanne Suzette (Joel Yves) Le Bigot of Paris, France, and six grandchildren: Michael A. Wood, Mary Wood Clausen, Corinne Wood Goode, Julien Le Bigot, Leslie Le Bigot and Marianne Le Bigot Levinson. Also surviving are 10 great grandchildren as well as several nieces & nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Eugene Otis Brace, in 1992, and by a grandson, Brian Brace Wood, in 1972.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 22, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Monsignor Vincent Becker as celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to Highland Healthcare Center, 160 Seneca Street in Wellsville or to the Immaculate Conception Church, 6 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

1 comment:

  1. Hello. My name is Carol Gray McDowell. I am Shirley Gray Lupis' oldest sister. Our mother, Mary Barnes was admitted to Highland late in Feb. after she'd had surgery on her hip, for Physical Therapy. After 100 days of PT Mom was transferred into Mary Brace's room, directly cross from Mary. Living here in Wellsville has been easy for me to visit mom several times a week and visit Mary Brace simultaneously. I tried to visit when I thought they would be awake. I soon learned that Mary was a special patient, being very quiet, peaceful and never complained. It was easy to visit with her and mom too, as they both were coherent and could carry on a onversation. Mary is where she wanted to be. Recently I gave her drinks, held her hand and talked with her. She shared with me that she was lonesome and wanted to go to Heaven. Earlier she asked to see the priest. I spoke to Kim the Activities Director indicating this and she said Father Becker usually saw Mary Brace and mom Friday mornings and gave them communion. I'm sure Mary is an angel up in Heaven. May God Bless Mary. My heart ached for her!