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DOVER-FOXCROFT - Mary Manon Bray, 72, wife of the late George E. Bray, died peacefully Dec. 1, 2003, at her home after fighting the good fight. She was occupied doing his service until the Lord called her home. She was born July 24, 1931, in Providence, R.I., the daughter of Emery Stanhope and Evelyn Mae (Lister) Dickey. She moved to Maine with her family in the first year of life and was educated in local schools. She finished her high school diploma program with honors, graduating from Sacred Hearts Academy, Fall River, Mass. In 1949, she began her post-secondary education at the University of Maine, Orono. Years later, while raising a family, she returned to UMO to continue her studies, and in 1973, she received a B.S. in elementary education, and later a certificate in special education.

Her employment history includes a variety of experiences. She taught school for four years in Cambridge and Wellington, worked as a substitute teacher for MSADs No. 68 and No. 4 for five years, worked as a dietary assistant at Mayo Regional Hospital for seven years, Family Keyboard Center for two years, Ames Department Store as head of the ladies department for three years, wire maker and packer at Hardwood Products for two years, and as a teacher at Little Red Schoolhouse for four years. She taught piano and organ lessons to children and adults for 32 years and passed on her talent and love of music to many in our region.

She has been a good friend and dedicated member of numerous groups and organizations throughout her entire life. First and foremost, she is a mother of six, grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of three. She has been a faithful and active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church for many years. She served eight years as a Sunday school teacher, 17 years active in the Cursillo Movement, three years as a marriage preparation counselor, 13 years as the organist, 10 years singing in the choir. She was a member of the Waldo County Extension for six years, a Cub Scout den mother for 12 years, a Girl Scout leader for 10 years, a member of the PTA for five years, a Literacy Volunteer for four years, a member of the Shiretown Singers for two years, a volunteer at Thompson Free Library for two years, and a member of Friends singing group for five years.

Never an idle moment, Mary Manon was very involved with Hospice, having served on the Board of Directors as secretary and also as facilitator in bereavement process groups. She was most recently a volunteer with the Foster Grandparent Program. After enjoying six wonderful years with the kids, she found it necessary to retire from this venue several months ago, due to declining health. Still, she loved the "grandkids" and on occasion could be found in the classroom reading a story.

For hobbies in her spare time, Mary Manon loved to read, cross-stitch, knit and sew. Her passion was music, performing and appreciation, and this gift was passed on to all her children.

Of her most pleasurable memories, she so enjoyed her time spent in Tasmania to be with Emery and family on two occasions.

She is predeceased by her first husband, Lee Everett Cox; her second husband, George E. Bray; and a son, William Stanhope Cox.

She is survived by five children, Bryan Cox of Greensboro, N.C., Suzanne Raymond and her husband, Bruce, of Dover-Foxcroft, L. Stuart Cox of Los Angeles, Calif., Emery Cox and his wife, Jill, of Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, Australia, Christopher Cox and his wife, Johanne, of Dover-Foxcroft. She was also predeceased by her stepson, Michael Bray; and also survived by two stepsons, Alan Bray and his wife, Dianna, of Sangerville, and Steven Bray and his wife, Sally, of Hampden.

Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. A memorial Mass will be celebrated 1 p.m. Friday, December 5, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, with Father James Robichaud officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Hillside Cemetery, Monson. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Thompson Free Library, 186 E Main St., Dover-Foxcroft 04426.

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