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Grace "Mary" Bral
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Birth: Mar. 1, 1930
Washington County
Oregon, USA
Death: May 1, 2012
North Plains
Washington County
Oregon, USA

Mary G. Bral, 82, a longtime resident of the North Plains community died Tuesday morning, May 1, 2012 at her home.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the St Edward Catholic Church in North Plains, OR

Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church; 10990 SW 313th Ave in North Plains.

Rite of Christian Burial will immediately follow the Mass held at the St Edward Catholic Cemetery in North Plains.

Family and friends are invited to a reception following the services held at the parish hall.

Mary was born on March 1, 1930 in Roy, OR. She was one of eight children born to George and Mary (Vandervelden) Vandehey. She was raised on the family farm in Roy, OR. Mary learned to work hard on the farm along with her siblings whether it was picking berries or performing house chores. Mary attended St Francis Grade School and graduated from Banks High School with the Class of 1948. Following high school, Mary moved to Portland and attended one year at Marylhurst College. She was employed at Iron Fireman where she made gyros for the department of defense.

She met her future husband; John T. Bral while attending a dinner at her parent's home. They soon began dating and after a two year courtship they were married on July 28, 1953 at St Francis Catholic Church in Roy, OR. Following their marriage they made their home in North Plains and settled in their current home in 1962. John passed away on Ash Wednesday, March 4, 1992. Mary continued to live in her home until her death.

Mary was a loving mother to her six children and a devoted house wife. Mary was always an active part of her children's upbringing even to home schooling her younger children. She was a very active part of the parish and contributor to its many events. Mary was "ahead of her times" in diet an dnutrition insisting on making her family healthy homemade recipes which included breads, juices, fresh garden vegetables and cakes, some of which had a suspicious green hue. She had a green thumb and immensely enjoyed her flower garden and large vegetable garden. In the winter when she was away from her gardening, Mary would oil paint, quilt, sew and cook. Mary loved to welcome her nieces, nephews and grandchildren into her home where they learned skills and had memorable adventures.. Even though Mary couldn't sing she was a self taught piano player and she took pleasure encouraging her children and grandchildren to grow in their singing abilities. Mary didn't travel a lot but the trips to Italy to see her two children; Fr. Steven and Sr. Stefana were important events for her; seeing the foundations of her faith and sharing it with her family.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, John and five siblings; Francis James, Larry, Neil, Lyle and Jim Vandehey.

Survivors include her six children and their spouses and children; Peter and Teresa Bral and Jared, Kevin, Jeanna, Colleen, Jonathan all of North Plains, OR, David Bral and son Justin of North Plains, OR, Fr Steven Bral of Italy, Alan and Tiffany Bral of Aloha, OR and son Jordon, Ann and Stewart King and Alaura, Evan, Michael and Elliott.of North Plains, OR, Sr. Stefana Bral of Monaco, two siblings and a sister-in-law; Omar Vandehey of Banks, OR, Earl and Lani Vandehey of Forest Grove, OR.
Family links: 
  George Vandehey (1859 - 1943)
  Mary Smith Vandehey (1866 - 1940)
  John T Bral (1920 - 1992)
  Henrietta J Vandehey (1886 - 1939)*
  Leo John Vandehey (1897 - 1947)*
  Joseph George Vandehey (1898 - 1957)*
  Aloysius J Vandehey (1909 - 2004)*
  Grace Bral (1930 - 2012)
*Calculated relationship
Saint Edward Cemetery
North Plains
Washington County
Oregon, USA
Created by: Darryl & Debra Vickers
Record added: May 28, 2012
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