Mary A. (Bailey) Bramley

September 17, 2006

Mary A. (Bailey) Bramley

MARY A. (BAILEY) BRAMLEY – in Woburn, September 17th. Beloved wife of the late David L. Bramley. Devoted mother of David L. and his wife Margaret of S. Windsor, CT, William J. of Woburn, Pamela A. of Tewksbury, and Peter J. and his wife Linda of Woburn. Loving grandmother of Kathryn, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Christopher. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, September 20th at 9:30 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., prior to the funeral. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Susan J. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Massachusetts Affiliate, PO Box 415012, Boston, MA 02241-5012. Late Librarian, Woburn Public Library.

OBITUARY:

Mary A. Bramley of Woburn, a longtime librarian at the Woburn Public Library, passed away here Sunday following an extended illness. She was the wife of the late David L. Bramley, who died in 1999.

Born in Boston eighty-five years ago, daughter of the late William and Phyllis (Jackson) Bailey, she was raised in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston.

Her career began at the Thompson Memorial Library in North Woburn. For several years she left to raise her family, and in 1962 she accepted employment with the Woburn Public Library as Head Cataloguer. At the occasion of her retirement over twenty-five years later, in 1988, she was honored with a Proclamation by then-Mayor John W. Rabbitt. He noted her “dedication, expertise, and outstanding contributions”, as well as her commitment to excellence, “reflected by her unflagging energy, her continuing quest of knowledge and the enthusiasm she brought to her daily work”. Her warmth and humor endeared her to her fellow employees as well as those who visited the library.

Mary enjoyed socializing with her friends, often hosting neighborhood gatherings in her home, and also working on crossword puzzles in her leisure time. She was especially proud of her grandchildren and delighted the time she spent with them.

Surviving are her four children, David L. and his wife Margaret of S. Windsor, Connecticut, William J. of Woburn, Pamela A. of Tewksbury, and Peter J. and his wife Linda of Woburn, and four grandchildren, Kathryn, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Christopher.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, September 20th at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., prior to the funeral.

Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Susan J. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Massachusetts Affiliate, PO Box 415012, Boston, MA 02241-5012.

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  1. I am very sorry to learn of Mary Bramley’s death. I worked at the Woburn Public Library with her for nearly 15 years
    and always had great respect for her as a librarian and affection for her as a person.
    She was proud of her profession and her graduation from Simmons.
    I regret not learning of her passing in time to pay my respects in person.
    Anne M. Nawawi

  2. The employees of the Lexington Post Office express thier sincere condolences,and sympathy,on the passing of yours,and Bills mom.You may expect a donation,on the part of the Post Office employees,to the Cancer foundation,Tim Brothers,U.S. Letter Carrier,Lexington,Mass.

  3. I am sorry to hear about Mrs. Bramley’s passing. I learned a lot from her in my years as a “page” at the Woburn Library. She was an important member of the group of women who mentored and taught me and I cherish their memories. Ann Eastman

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