Margaret R. Brady

Margaret R. Brady

October 09, 1912 - October 08, 2009

Margaret R. Brady

October 09, 1912 - October 08, 2009


Margaret Robb Brady was born October 9, 1912 in Howell, Michigan, the 4th of 6 children of William E. and Agnes E. Robb. She passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease on October 8, 2009 in Laguna Woods, California.

She attended Howell elementary schools and St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe, MI and graduated high school from Immaculata in Washington, DC. After graduating from the University of Michigan 1934 she worked at Citizens Mutual Insurance Company as manager of the credit department until the birth of her first child.

She was active in local civic activities in Howell among them the Howell City Charter Commission, six years on the City Planning Commission, a Chairman of the City Election Committee, President of P.T.A., State Hospital Guild, various fund raising drives and was a substitute teacher for the Howell Public Schools. She was also very active at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

She moved to Laguna Woods with her husband in 1974 and became involved in her new ‘adoptive home.’ At St. Nicholas Parish, Laguna Woods, as a lector, Eucharistic Minister and ‘Little Company of Mary.’ She was a Board member and Secretary of the Saddleback Hospital Associates. For two years she was in charge of the Associates Annual Fashion Show and served as a model for several of the shows. She volunteered at both Saddleback Hospital and Saddleback Thrift Shop giving over 4000 hours. She served as president of the Saddle Club the first woman to hold that position. She was a member of the Theatre Guild, the Leisure World Historical Society and Leisure World University of Michigan Club. She and her husband were honored as ‘Leisure Worlders of the Month’ in 1988.

She was preceded in death in 1991 by husband of 53 years, Joseph V. Brady.

Survived by three children, Ruth McGettigan, J. Matthew Brady and Elizabeth Jelks, MD Glenn; six grandchildren, Kathleen Healey Timothy, Jennie Little Steve, James McGettigan, Debbie Smiggen Michael, Timothy McGettigan Mary and Michael Jelks Andrea; 10 great-grandchildren and her long time companion Marion Short. She’s also survived by her sister-in-law Katherine Amberg and several nieces and nephews.

Vigil service will be on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at O’Connor Mortuary, Laguna Hills. Funeral Mass is at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 16 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Laguna Woods. Burial immediately following at Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest.

O’Connor Mortuary, 949 581-4300

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16 responses to Margaret R. Brady

  1. Sorry to hear about your mother. I remember Aunt Shirley being so proud of you all and my dad, George teasing Matt often. Matt, e-mail me. I am so glad I did attend Sister Mary Leons’ funeral last year. We are now THE generation.

  2. Dear Liz and Ruth,
    I have many happy memories of your Mother. She was a very elegant and graceful lady. In her eighties she played softball at her Grandson’s birthday party. Ralph and I always enjoyed visiting with her at family gatherings. I am grateful for the opportunity to have known her and Joe and Marion. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dear Family, we all here in California send our love. We will keep you in our hearts and prayers. Mrs. Brady was always very kind and loving to our family. Just a little memory I’d like to share; Liz do you remember this crazy California girl who swam in the very cold Lake near your parents home in Howell? We will truly miss your Mom as much as we have missed your Dad.
    All our Love, Glenda, Tom, Catherine Jean, Christine, and Jane Marie

  4. glenn Jelks says:

    Margaret was a woman, a lady and a friend. As a woman she was beautiful, thoughtful and entertaining with friends and family. As a lady she made ordinary life exceptional. She gave life to a party and illuminated the dullest of encounters. As a friend she made my life more meaningful. She expressed opinions that were worthy of contemplation and often the most appropriate course of action. No wonder she lived so long to culture the same attributes in her siblings. To Liz, Ruth and Matt, I know you understand the power of her life and the continuation of her will for the future. This is a wonderful time for the opening of the gates of heaven for Margaret and Joe to join in their promised vows.

  5. We send condolences to the Brady family. Kathy Quilter is our sister-in-law and we were acquainted with Mrs. Brady in the ’60s and ’70s. We know you will miss her so very much.

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