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PFC Mary Elizabeth Bryan Gross
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1922
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: May 29, 2010
King County
Washington, USA

Mary Elizabeth Bryan Gross
December 24, 1922 ~ May 29, 2010

The Gross family announcesthe passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Mary E. Gross. She has left the earth to be with our Dad eternally, which was the definition of Heaven for her.

Mom was born Christmas Eve 1922 in San Francisco to Maude Estelle (Sheila) Bostwick and Arthur Edward Bryan, and she passed on May 29, 2010 in Renton, WA.

She spent her childhood in Southern California with her family that also included her sisters Dorothy (Bierd) Funk, and Meredith (Bierd) Van Ry. She moved to Portland, OR and she finished school (Commerce High School '41), where she was known for her beautiful soprano voice and her jitterbugging. She moved to Seattle to live with her sister Meredith and Meredith's husband Bill Van Ry.

Fortunately for all of us, Mom found a very good-looking man living next door named Paul Gross, and as she said 'he chased her until she caught him.' At the beginning of their romance, WW II started and Dad immediately enlisted in the Navy and shipped out. He came back 1942 to marry Mom on December 21st and then shipped out again. Mom joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed inSan Francisco as a telephone operator. PFC Mary Gross was honorably discharged in 1946. Dad came home in 1946 and they finally started their lives together and contributed to the baby boom. They lived in White Center and then moved to West Seattle where they raised five children. Mom worked hard to provide a good home for her family - cooking excellent meals, sewing, wiping noses, and even designing the dream house they built in 1962. She worked at Boeing until the bust of 1971 and then went back to school to get her A.A. and R.N from Highline Community College, graduating with honors. It was always her dream to be a nurse and she accomplished that in her 50's - everyone in the family was so proud of her.

Mom and Dad retired in the 1980's and built a beautiful house on Hood Canal, where they entertained, grew vegetables, boated, skied, shrimped, and crabbed. Fried oysters were one of Mom's specialties - she was a great cook. By this time, Mom and Dad had two beloved little granddaughters, Kerry and Kim O'Brien, who stayed with them every summer. They went on a grand tour of Europe and then decided to become snowbirds, and they purchased a small place in Indio, CA for those lovely warm winters. They joined their friends Ed and Marge Peters and made many new friends too. They learned to golf, which became a passion for Mom. As Mom and Dad aged, they decided to move into an assisted living facility - Farrington Court in Kent. They lived there until Dad's death in 2003. In 2004, Mom moved in with daughter Paula, where she spent the rest of her days. Mom lived a long and blessed life and she will be greatly missed and always beloved by her children Marc (Kathryn), Paula, Marilyn (Bill), Souzan, and Christopher, six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, very special nephews and nieces, cousins and many friends also survive her. Our Dad, her sisters and their husbands predeceased Mom. Immediately following there was a memorial service and reception at Edline-Yahn Covington Funeral Chapel in Kent.

Published in The Seattle Times on June 2, 2010 
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  Paul George Gross (1919 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Tahoma National Cemetery
King County
Washington, USA
Created by: Andie Parrish
Record added: Aug 01, 2011
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PFC Mary Elizabeth <i>Bryan</i> Gross
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