Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL


Mary Ann Lester Brossette

July 25, 1939January 10, 2020

MaryAnn (Lester) Brossette, 80, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020. Mary Ann was born July 25, 1939 in Akron, Ohio to Mark B. Lester and Louise (Eleo) Lester. After graduating from Bishop Kenny High School in 1957, Mary Ann embarked on a 38-year career with Prudential Financial. In 2004 she reconnected with a former colleague that she had worked with at Prudential 22 years earlier. She married Frank Brossette in July 2006, and built a joyful new home in Bartram Springs. MaryAnn led a life devoted to her mom and dad. She was never more than a city block away from them, and as they aged she was loving and nurturing, taking care of their every need.

MaryAnn and her High School classmates had a most remarkable relationship. They kept in close contact all through their lives with regular class reunions and frequent social gatherings. Near her passing her life-long friends showed their love and respect. She had life-long friends from Prudential as well.

She was preceeded in death by her father Mark, and her mother Louise, and her husband Frank. She is survived by her brother Jacob Lester and his wife Alice, their daughter Angela Gillispie, and her three sons, Daniel, Jackson, and Robert John Gillispie, all of Colorado.

MaryAnn’s life will be celebrated on January 20, 2020, 10:30 a.m. at Old St. Joseph's Historic Old Church, 4214 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


  • Memorial Mass Monday, January 20, 2020


Mary Ann Lester Brossette

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Cynthia Gonnering

January 18, 2020

As a classmate of Mary Ann, I have too many wonderful memories to pick one. I'll always remember her beautiful smile and wonderful laugh. Although I moved to WI, we kept in touch often, getting together whenever I was in Jax. We both shared a love of arts/crafts and I have a beautiful, ceramic egg she hand painted and sent to me. It is a treasure to me and I will always smile when I look at it and remember her.

May your precious memories of her bring you peace.
With love, Cynthia (Curry) Gonnering

Ruby Sikora

January 17, 2020

Mary Ann was a dear friend and neighbor . We knew each other for over 40 years and she was always a kind, loving and generous person. She loved to craft her beautiful nativities as gifts and loved to decorate her multiple Christmas Trees for the holidays. She was devoted to her family and friends alike. Rest in peace my dear friend. I am so happy we were able to visit with you before you had to leave us.

Mary Linehan Peterson

January 15, 2020

I remember Mary Ann's kindness to all and her sweet smile with a twinkle in her eye. Rest in Peace dear friend. Mary

Gloria (Bryant) Simonds

January 14, 2020

Mary Ann will always be remembered as a thoughtful, willing, servant. She was always willing to "lay down her life" for the sake of others. She was a beautiful example of living the Christ-like life...of living the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. I expect she's experiencing the joy of meeting her Savior for the first time, and a WONDERFUL family reunion! Her gain is our loss. We shall miss her BUT we shall see her again!

Connie Lowery

January 14, 2020

I am saddened to hear this news. My prayers go out to the family.
I remember growing up next door to Mary Ann (when she was in high school) along with her father, mother and brother. Even years later working at Prudential, time hadn't changed her. She always seemed to enjoy catching up when we happened to bump into one another.

Bob Damato

January 12, 2020

Mary Ann's life and interaction with her family and friends spoke highly of the person she was.

I will always remember her with affection for her kindness, friendship and the positive impact she had on me and those who knew her.