Mary Della (Stewart) Bross, 87, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at her home surrounded by family.
Mary was born Feb. 14, 1932 in St. Louis, Mo., to George Stewart and Mary (Boulware) Rusche.
She graduated from Eolia, Mo. High School in 1950. Mary moved to Palmyra in 1953 where she met and married Chester Bross on March 12, 1955.
Mary was known and loved as a wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to many and for her work with Relay For Life of Marion County.
She was an avid Cardinals fan and rarely missed watching her Redbirds play.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palmyra and Eastern Star.
Mary is survived by Chester; their four children, Michael (Kim) Bross, Hannibal; Jeffrey (Megan) Bross, Hannibal; Mark (Stephanie) Bross, Palmyra; and Jeri Bross, St. Louis. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Aftan Bross, Ashlee Bross, Austin Bross, Hayley Bross, Kevin Bross, Emily (James) Bao, David Bross, Conner Bross, Cami Bross and Dylan Bross; and one great-grandchild, Aiden Smith.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at First Baptist Church in Palmyra.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren Austin Bross, Kevin Bross, David Bross, Conner Bross and James Bao.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandson, Dylan Bross; and great-grandson, Aiden Smith.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, First Baptist Church of Palmyra, or Marion County Law Enforcement Foundation in care of Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.