BUCKSPORT and ST. LOUIS – Mary Gross Brennan, devoted member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and former parishioner of Holy Redeemer, Webster Groves, Mo., fortified with the sacraments of her Catholic faith died peacefully Feb. 12, 2010, surrounded by her loving family at home. Mary was born June 15, 1926, and raised in St. Louis. She graduated from Academy of the Sacred Heart, City House and attended Maryville College, now Maryville University, where she was made a member of Sodality of the Children of Mary. She was a member of Daughters of St. Francis de Sales from 1967 to present. Mary worked as a physical therapy assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kirkwood, Mo. Mary retired after many years working with the Augustinian Fathers as an outreach worker in the inner city parish of Immaculate Conception/St. Henry’s. Mary was an athlete and outdoor enthusiast. Our fondest memories are the times spent with mom doing the things she most enjoyed: barbecuing, camping, swimming, hiking, water skiing, hunting and canoeing. We know that our family and friends will always remember and be grateful to mom for making our home at 223 Sylvester a place of love, warmth, welcome, crazy humor and wild fun. She was the loving daughter of the late Joseph Lloyd Gross, M.D., and Virginia Mulvihill Gross. She is predeceased by her husband, Raymond F. Brennan. She is the sweetest mother of Michael F. Brennan and wife, Pam, Brigid Wentworth and husband, Charley “Wo,” Thomas J. Brennan, Daniel P. Brennan and wife, Anne, Catherine “Boo” Upton and husband, Timmy, and Carolyn Brennan-Alley and husband, Dougie. She is dear sister to Joseph Gross and beloved sister-in-law to Rachel; and dear sister-in-law to Elizabeth Brennan Uhlenbrock. She is “Grammy Ma” to 16 beautiful grandchildren, Christopher and Gena, Rachel, Mary “CeCe,” Marty, Maggie, Joseph and Laura, Bethany and Michael, Bridget, Eileen, Katie and Meaghan, Sarah and Rosie. She is great-grandmother to Jacob, Lucas and Andrew. She is “Aunt Mary” to Mark, Ann, Joe, Tom and Steven. She was a loving friend to Berlin “Curly” Queen who was a wonderful role model and second father to our family. We want to remember with gratitude her best friend, Mary Ann “Mother Kennedy”; dear friend, Gena Bailey; her close friend and co-worker, Azzrena Henry “Sister Woman”; friend and spiritual advisor, Father Jack Gavin, “Himself”; and all those dear to mom. We would like to extend our love and sincere appreciation to each of her compassionate caregivers and our dear friends who provided support and love throughout this journey. Additionally, a word of thanks to Beacon Hospice, especially Cathy Bennett, R.N., our hospice nurse; and Penny Lamhut, M.D., mom’s physician for their excellent care. In celebration of mom’s life, a memorial Mass and reception will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 158 Franklin St., Bucksport. In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations may be made in Mary’s memory to The Free Wheelchair Mission, P.O. Box 513538, Los Angeles, CA 90051-3538 or www.freewheelchairmission.org. Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.