Mary  Bradshaw

Mary M. Bradshaw

Friday, September 25th, 1925 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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Mary Bradshaw passed away peacefully with family by her side on June 30, 2020. Born Mary Margaret Erbrick in Philadelphia, PA on September 9, 1925, to Alfred and Agnes Erbrick, Mary was the eldest of six siblings who were close friends throughout their lives.

Mary attended Little Flower High School in Philadelphia. Mary met the love of her life, Arthur Bradshaw, during World War II, was married in 1947 and moved to Delaware where they raised their family and became active in the community.

Mary enjoyed a varied work history including: usher for the Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park, secretary for Corpus Christi Church for 25 years, collator for Star Color Press and a paper carrier, taking over the paper routes from her children.

Mary had a talent for crafts of all kinds, including quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and ceramics. Many of her creative works earned ribbons at state and local fairs.

She also had a passion for travel. She organized and hosted bus trips for Corpus Christi Church and enjoyed her travel adventures throughout the US and Europe with family and friends

Mary supported many charitable causes, serving on St. Francis Hospital Jr. Board for over 25 years, as well as donating her time and talents to Corpus Christi Church, Women’s Club of the Girls Club of Wilmington, the Salvation Army, Emmanuel Dining Room, Claymore Senior Center and other local senior groups.

Mary is pre-deceased by her loving husband of 43 years, Arthur, and her companion of 10 years, Phil Duszak; and her name-sake great grandchild, Mary Taylor; siblings, Elsie Dolan, Alfred Erbrick and Helen Stapleton.

Mary was a caring and fun-loving mother to her surviving children, Gretchen Taylor (R. Glenn Taylor), Colleen Manley (Gerald Manley), Denise Blew (Eric Blew), Joseph (Casey), and Thomas (Sandra). She is survived and adored by seven grandsons, and twelve great-grandchildren; brother, Francis Erbrick (Frances), and sister, Agnes Kryst.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Monday, July 6 from 6-8pm at Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home, 1400 Kirkwood Hwy. Wilmington, DE 19805. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 7 at 11am at Corpus Christi Church, 905 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 South Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014-1207.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home
    1400 Kirkwood Hwy.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19805
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Corpus Christi R C Church
    901 New Rd.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19805
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  • Interment

    All Saints Cemetery
    6001 Kirkwood Hwy.
    Wilmington De.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19805
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Sheila McMahon

Posted at 09:24am
When I retired, Mary welcomed me into the group who went to breakfast after Dailey mass. Through her I was able to meet an amazing group of women, enjoying good conversation and many laughs. She made that possible. She was always upbeat, smiling, kind and generous. I would like to know why she took over your paper routes? That must be some story! Please know that she will be missed. I will keep you and her in my prayers.



Daisy Cochran

Posted at 11:54am
Sorry for your loss
Mary was a sweet person. We all enjoyed her at the Salvation Army Senior Center
She will be surely missed
Loved her talent. ❤️.

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