Grace Marie Brick, 91, passed from this life to eternal life with her Creator on Monday morning, July 21, 2014 at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.
Born November 11, 1922 in Galveston to Salvatore Magliolo and Giovanna (Venza) Magliolo, Grace was a life-long resident of Galveston. She attended public school on the island and continued on to take a position at the Galveston County Clerk’s Office. She later began her work as a cafeteria mom that she so dearly loved, caring for many children, first at Kirwin/O’Connell High School and then later at Burnet Elementary, where she eventually retired.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William Jerry Brick, Sr.; daughter, Janet Marie Hill; sisters, Ursula Arena and Rose Hanson; and brothers, Joseph Magliolo, Sr. and Alfred Magliolo, Sr.
Survivors include her son, William J. Brick, Jr.; granddaughters, Lauren Marie Hill and Annie Kay Hill; grandson, Smitty Michael Hill; sister, Mary Napoli; sister-in-law, Marian Brick; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Grace loved life. She spent her early years as a mom raising her two children and instilling in them the importance of morals and values derived from her Catholic faith. The importance of discipline was very clearly conveyed, yet tempered with the love and compassion that only a mother can give. She believed in having fun and laughter was her virtue. Grace was an avid swimmer, and she loved bowling, as well as aerobic exercising. At home, she would spend time cutting patterns and sewing outfits for herself and her daughter. She loved watching her Astros, Rockets, Cowboys and Texans. Italian cooking was her specialty. Family and friends always looked forward to her Sunday afternoon spaghetti and meatballs. She was particularly famous for her Christmas menu of homemade ravioli, Italian sausage and baked eggplant, of which there was never enough. She also loved working outside in the yard as her husband cut and edged the grass – she was his designated sweeper.
When her grandchildren started to arrive, she was given her new name: “Mimi.” Mimi and Pawpaw took great pride and joy in their newfound family. Their love for these children can only be described as true and unconditional. The same values given to her children were passed on to her grandkids.
In her last four years of this life, Grace found a real blessing through life-long friends Manuel and Yolanda Corella, who introduced her to Libbie’s Place. There she discovered many new friends. At Libbie’s Place, activities such as praying, dancing (especially at the annual Luau), playing cards and dominos, education, music, gardening, eating out at restaurants, road trips to the Rodeo in Hitchcock and the Mardi Gras barn to catch beads very much raised her spirits. These warm memories touched her deeply and served as a highlight to her golden years.
The family will receive visitors at 5:00 pm, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston. A rosary will begin at 6:30pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, July 25, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father EJ Stein, OFM, officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Lauren Hill, Annie Hill, Smitty Michael Hill, Mitchell Stephenson, Thomas Martin and Frank Hudson.
Honorary pallbearers are Leon J. Napoli, Jr., Roy Napoli, David Napoli, Alfred Magliolo, Jr., Jerry Magliolo, John Nash, John Jessen, George Marchand, David Sorensen, Manuel Corella, Molly Murphy and the entire staff and clients at Libbie’s Place.
The family would like to send a very special thank you for the support of Manuel and Yolanda Corella, along with their daughters, Christy and Lita. They would also like to extend their thanks to their friends the Welch, Girton, Elco and Kampe families of Alamo Drive; the doctors and nurses at John Sealy Hospital on both the ICU and Unit 7B; and finally, everyone at Libbie’s Place for all you gave to Grace.
Those who wish may make memorials in the form of donations to Libbie’s Place, 5402 Avenue U, Galveston, TX 77551.