Mary Bradley Massey was born April 24, 1960 in Roanoke Rapids.
She was one of 21 children born to William Anderson Bradley and Thelma Elliot Connor and grew up in Gaston, NC.
Her life wasn't always easy, working in the fields from an early age, but despite that or maybe because of it, Mary became a force to be reckoned with and was known as much for her fiery temper as she was for her big heart. She would go to the ends of the earth for her children and grandchildren.
As a young mother with two girls, she had her hands full but somehow she did it all. She worked full time while managing to grow most of their food, canning what they couldn't immediately eat, fixing a big Sunday dinner every week, keeping the grass cut, maintaining a spotless home, and somehow still found time to play kickball, cards, and ride bikes with her kids.
Although Mary worked most Sundays, she made sure her girls went to church and she prayed with them nightly, making sure they knew the Lord. Mary rededicated her life to Christ in 2001 and was baptized alongside her daughter Kim at her mother’s church.
Amazing mother that she was, she was there for her daughters and her niece Lisa, during their tumultuous teenage years. Many laughs and tears later, she was so proud of the women that she raised. She encouraged her children to follow their dreams and supported her daughter in her animal rescue efforts, loving on them daily to prepare them for homes.
Mary spent most of her life caring for others, taking on the role of caretaker for both of her neighbor’s mothers in their later years so they wouldn't have to go to nursing homes. She was so proud that Kristy followed in her footsteps, caring for the elderly and valued her opinions on everything.
She often babysat her great nieces and nephews, grandkids, and the neighborhood children. Nothing made her happier than buying gifts and taking care of those she loved. She would smile so big watching them receive their presents. She would give her last dollar and the very shirt off of her back to anyone in need, especially children. Mary will be greatly missed by so many and remembered for her generous spirit.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a sister Phyllis and beloved nephews Brian and Bob.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Kim Massey and Kristy Bradley (Eddie ), 9 grandchildren Benaiah, Naje (Ally), Xavier, Jaikobe, Shammond, Vanessa, Samantha, Elias, and Ashely. One great granddaughter, Aniyah. 7 honorary grandchildren who also called her Nana Haillei, Skyler, Matthew, Laylah, Ian, Noah and Alaina. A very special niece Cheryl, who made sure Aunt Mary knew she was loved every night, honorary son Teon Scott, 19 brothers and sisters and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at Wrenn Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids from 6m-8pm. There will be a graveside service, Wednesday, June 28 2023, at 11:00 am at Antioch Church Cemetery in Elam NC.
Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com