Brady, Jessie M. (Mewis) (January 9, 1887 - November 17, 1973)

Jessie M. Brady

Unknown - November 22, 1973

Final rites for Douglas pioneer resident, Mrs. Jessie M. Brady, 86, active in the local business community for 37 years until the day of her passing, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, at St. James Catholic Church in Douglas, with the Rev. Sean Farren officiating. Mrs. Brady-known affectionately as "Nana", by her family-passed away unexpectedly Saturday at Converse County Memorial Hospital, after suffering a stroke while walking to her place of business.

A native of this community, Jessie Mewis Brady was born January 9, 1887, a year after Douglas was founded. She was the daughter of Herman R. and Emma Mewis, prominent early day residents.

Mrs. Brady, a lifetime resident of Douglas, attended local schools graduating with the second class to attend Converse County High School. She married James A. Brady, October 16, 1906, in Douglas where they continued to make their home.

The Bradys, on May 30, 1936, opened a confectionary shop at 325 Center, popularly known as the "White Palace." Following her husband's death in 1945, Mrs. Brady continued to run the business by herself, remaining open twelve hours daily, including some holidays.

Beloved by all who knew her, Mrs. Brady took special pride in being present in her shop to greet the public, regardless of the weather or personal inconvenience. Her host of admiring friends and her devoted family, she considered her greatest assets in life.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the church Altar and Rosary Society.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Tye (Florence) Slonaker of Douglas; a sister, Mrs. Florence Brown, Thermopolis, Wyoming; a granddaughter, Mrs. Peter (Sue) Mulvaney, and four great-grandchildren-Anne, Brian, Teresa and Mark-who reside in Kansas City, Missouri.

One sister and two brothers preceded her in death.

Interment was at Douglas Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to St. Joseph's Orphanage at Torrington, to the State Pioneer Museum at Douglas, or to the Heart Fund are suggested by the family.

A Tribute to Mrs. Brady

Unknown - 1973

An institution is gone.

No more five cent ice cream cones or standing in front of the candy counter making that all important decision while the pleasant little lady waited patiently.

She was regular as the clock ticked in the little shop.

That last-minute pencil or paper in the morning before school, the coffee group from the court house, and many many others are going to miss the little lady on the corner.

May the Lord bless her and the memories she leaves behind.

-a friend

A tribute to Mrs. Brady

Written by Dean C. Peeles, now of Tacoma, Washington, when he learned of the recent death of his long-time friend, Jessie Brady.

Unknown - 1973

Little Mother

My dearest friend, I did not receive your Christmas card this year.

I know you would not forget me so I know you are gone.

All these years you never forgot to cheer me.

No matter where I was.

Thank you, dearest friend, for all the years you cared.

Thank you, too, for those young years before

We started sending Christmas cards.

Those times when I needed your comfort and someone to care.

Those times when you dipped from your well of prudence and shared

Because of your prayers, I grew up to be a better person

And reached higher.

Now God has taken you from me and other loved ones.

But I know you will be happy there with God, doing His Christmas cards.

Not to mention serving Him in so many other ways

As you did on earth.

I thank God for having known you almost all the years of my life.

May He keep you forever close to His heart as I have

From Christmas to Christmas.


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