Mary Rose Brundy, 101, of Calexico passed away of natural causes on December 28, 2020. She was born November 5, 1919 in Miami, Arizona. During her lifetime, Mary lived in various states and countries including Spain, Italy, and the United States. Because of the Great Depression, her father sold his boarding house business in Globe, AZ, and returned his family to Spain. Due to the Spanish Revolution, her father saw there was no future in Spain, and returned with his family to Globe, Arizona. Here, he was unsuccessful at finding employment, and once more moved the family to Los Angeles, CA where employment was found. Mary graduated from Lincoln Heights High School and continued living in Los Angeles. Because she was fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English, she was hired as a bank teller where she met her husband, Walter H. Brundy. On August 16, 1942 she married Walter in Los Angeles California. They moved to the Imperial Valley in 1949, where they raised 8 children in the city of Calexico. While Walter provided their living by farming and raising cattle, Mary took care of their children. Mary was well known for her dedication to the Catholic church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Calexico. Here she would serve as a Eucharistic Minister, lector, volunteer, catechist, and was in charge of the Catechism program for many years. She was well known in the community for dedicating countless hours to anyone in need and fundraising with her delicious cooking. Anyone who met Mary was a better person after their encounter. Her patience, willingness to listen, unceasing love, life of prayer and service to the Catholic Church define who she was. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter and two sons, Douglas and Dale. She is survived by children, Catherine (Ken) Banks-Staggs, Carolyn Rodriguez, Walter (Sharon) Brundy, Tom (Karen) Brundy, Mary A. Brundy and William (Vicky) Brundy; 17 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Due to COVID-19 regulations, a private service will be held at St. Marys Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico, CA.
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2021.