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Hardage - Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery

850 St Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Mary Frances Bragan

June 27, 1924January 10, 2020
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Mary Frances Weaver Bragan went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and her many friends and family who had gone on before, on January 10th, 2020, under the care of Community Hospice. She came from a long line of smart and tough Tennessee Scotch-Irish stock, and fought the good fight for 95 & 1/2 years but finally succumbed to complications from kidney failure. She was born on June 27th 1924, in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Phillips High School and attended two-years of business school where she learned typing, short hand and bookkeeping. She worked briefly for the Ration Board during WW II She married her high school sweetheart, Peter Bragan on August 30th 1943. She was a wonderful homemaker and mother who made fancy birthday cakes for her children and she could make any plant grow and flourish from just a small cutting. She had an artistic side too, as she produced beautiful China painted dishes and ceramics plus many knitted sweaters and caps as well as crocheting & needlepoint. In 1984, when she and her husband purchased the Jacksonville Suns Baseball Club, she moved to Jacksonville with her entire family, and never left. She became Mrs. Madame Chairman to legions of Jacksonville baseball fans for over three decades, at Wolfson Park and later on Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds. In 2015 the Suns gave away a bobble head of her, throwing out the first pitch of the 2014 Southern League Championship clinching game! She was predeceased by her husband Peter Bragan, Sr. and mother Vera Belle Weaver, father Sidney Allen Weaver, Sr., brother Sidney Allen Weaver, Jr. and baby sister Brenda Weaver Sims. She is survived by her son Peter Bragan, Jr.(Nancy) and daughter Bonita Bragan (Dan) and her sister Ann Jaynes, her “adopted” grandson Craig Smith, plus nieces and nephews too numerous to mention, and longtime caregiver/companion Tijuana Barger. A special thanks to her entire crew of caregivers who helped so much through her later years, June, Toni, Joy, Charlene, Jeanette, Tracey and Candy, all the wonderful Doctors and nurses at Mayo Dialysis, Mayo ICU and the caring staff at Community Hospice’s McGraw Center. Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home is serving the family. A visitation will be held at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 4-6pm and a service at Community Presbyterian Church, Atlantic Beach Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:00am.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Hank Duncan

January 13, 2020

I loved you like a mother, Aunt Frances. Both you and Uncle Peter treated me like a beloved son, and I will never forget the love you gave to me. Celeste and I will miss you terribly, as you were a sustaining force in our lives! We learned unconditional love from you and Uncle Peter. Our hearts are broken, but we know that your love of Jesus Christ will ensure your place n His heavenly plan!

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Biography

Mary Frances Weaver Bragan went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and her many friends and family who had gone on before, on January 10th, 2020, under the care of Community Hospice. She came from a long line of smart and tough Tennessee Scotch-Irish stock, and fought the good fight for 95 & 1/2 years but finally succumbed to complications from kidney failure.
She was born on June 27th 1924, in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Phillips High School and attended two-years of business school where she learned typing, short hand and bookkeeping. She worked briefly for the Ration Board during WW II
She married her high school sweetheart, Peter Bragan on August 30th 1943.
She was a wonderful homemaker and mother who made fancy birthday cakes for her children and she could make any plant grow and flourish from just a small cutting. She had an artistic side too, as she produced beautiful China painted dishes and ceramics plus many knitted sweaters and caps as well as crocheting & needlepoint.
In 1984, when she and her husband purchased the Jacksonville Suns Baseball Club, she moved to Jacksonville with her entire family, and never left.
She became Mrs. Madame Chairman to legions of Jacksonville baseball fans for over three decades, at Wolfson Park and later on Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds. In 2015 the Suns gave away a bobble head of her, throwing out the first pitch of the 2014 Southern League Championship clinching game!
She was predeceased by her husband Peter Bragan, Sr. and mother Vera Belle Weaver, father Sidney Allen Weaver, Sr., brother Sidney Allen Weaver, Jr. and baby sister Brenda Weaver Sims.
She is survived by her son Peter Bragan, Jr.(Nancy) and daughter Bonita Bragan (Dan) and her sister Ann Jaynes, her “adopted” grandson Craig Smith, plus nieces and nephews too numerous to mention, and longtime caregiver/companion Tijuana Barger.
A special thanks to her entire crew of caregivers who helped so much through her later years, June, Toni, Joy, Charlene, Jeanette, Tracey and Candy, all the wonderful Doctors and nurses at Mayo Dialysis, Mayo ICU and the caring staff at Community Hospice’s McGraw Center. Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home is serving the family.
A visitation will be held at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 4-6pm and a service at Community Presbyterian Church, Atlantic Beach Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:00am.