Obit: Bruley, Mary Ellen (1856 - 1926)

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Surnames: Bruley, Williamson, Campbell, Braatz, Stockwell, Bradbury, Weber

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 02/18/1926

Bruley, Mary Ellen (25 Dec. 1856 - 10 Feb. 1926)

Mrs. Mary Bruley passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. Williamson, Wednesday evening, February 10, 1926, after a long illness. For several years her health had not been good but her naturally buoyant spirits and cheerful courage apparently kept up her strength and activity beyond what would have seemed possible. About the middle of May last year, she suffered a sudden breakdown, and for some time her life hung in the balance; she rallied later to some extent, but gradually grew into a state of invalidism, which for many weeks past made is necessary for her to have constant care and attention. All that filial love could offer and all that friendly hands could do, helped to smooth her pathway into the "valley of the shadows" and death came at last as a blessed released from weakness and pain.

Mary Ellen Campbell was born December 25, 1856, at Lynn, Massachusetts, being the daughter of Archibald and Hannah Campbell. They came to Clark County in 1862, and settled on Pleasant Ridge, taking as a homestead there the place now known as the Braatz farm. Here she grew to womanhood. She was married to Edward Bruley Feb. 27, 1876. Mr. Bruley died April 19, 1901, when they resided on the farm near the fair grounds. In 1906 Mrs. Bruley moved into the city and has made her home here ever since. Few people of this locality have been more universally loved and respected than was Mrs. Bruley. She carried with her from the pioneer days of her early life all the neighborliness, kindly hospitality and genius for friendship that were so characteristic of those days. She seemed capable of joining happily in joyful occasions of friends and neighbors; and in homes where sickness and sorrow had come, she was ever found with skillful hands and sympathetic heart to render her kindly service. She has left to her children and to many other people of this community the splendid example of a well spent life and many sweet and beautiful memories.

She leaves three daughters: Leah, Mrs. I. M. Stockwell of Volga, South Dakota; Mary, Mrs. L. Williamson of Neillsville; Ida, Mrs. Warren Bradbury, now with her husband a surgeon n the U. S. Naval service, in Hayti. She leaves also five grandchildren. She had one brother, Edward Campbell, who is deceased.

The funeral was held Saturday forenoon at St. Mary’s Catholic church, Rev. P. Weber officiating.



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