Margaret Adelia (Smith) Brass, age 95, of Lexington, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at the Plum Creek Health-care Community.
Marge, as she was known, was born Feb. 17, 1918, in Sargent, to Albert and Adelia (Sullivan) Smith. She graduated from Sargent High school in 1935. She attended Kearney State College to obtain a teaching certificate and taught at Round Valley rural school near Sargent.
She was married to Loren Brass Sept. 22, 1938, in Sargent. To this marriage were born William Loren Brass, Robert Garold Brass, Trudy Ann Brass and Thomas Anthony Brass.
Although she was employed at the Farmers Union Coop as a bookkeeper for a short time, she was at her best as a mother and housewife. She always said that the most important thing to her was that her children loved each other.
She lived in Sargent for nearly her entire life and was on the Sargent Library Board for many years. Marge and Loren were snowbirds for 10 years and traveled to Scottsdale, Ariz., where they resided in the winter. She lost her husband, Loren, in 1991. In 2005, when living independently became more difficult, Marge moved to Lexington to a senior home. During her entire life in Sargent, she was an active member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.
Marge is survived by her three children, William (Jan) Brass of North Little Rock, Ark., Robert (Kay) Brass of Lexington, and Trudy (Mike) Welch of San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren, Doug (Kim) Brass, Tim (Stephanie) Brass and Phillip (Misty) Brown of Little Rock Ark., Matt (Stacy) Brass of Lincoln, and Anthony (Lisa) Brass of Kearney; great-grandchildren, Allison Brass, Kelsey Brass, Ethan Brass, Tristan Brass, Ashton Brass, Spencer Brown, Russell Brown, Ava Brown, Lainey Brown, Alexis Johnson, Kenton Brass, Aiden Brass, McCoy Brass; numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Loren; infant son, Thomas Anthony Brass; sisters, Mary Penny, Catherine Beck, Virginia Pulliam; brothers, Jack Smith, Robert Smith, Steve Smith, and infant brother, Richard Smith; grandson Matthew Brown; and great-grandson Jackson Thomas Brass.
Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sargent, with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Music was provided by Singers: Kay Brass, Alexis Johnson, Allison Brass and Kelsey Brass with Dan Sasek as accompanist.
Pallbearers were Douglas Brass, Timothy Brass, Philip Brown, Matthew Brass, Anthony Brass and Albert Smith.
ARosary was held at the church on Wednesday Jan 1st 2014 at 7:00 P.M.
Memorials can be made to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Sargent, NE or the Sargent Public Library.
Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 9, 2014