Mary Agnes Briscoe Gray was called home on March 18, 2023, to be with the Lord. She was affectionately known as Aggie by her family and close friends. Mary was born on June 25, 1943, to the late James C. Briscoe Sr. and Catherine E. Collins Briscoe in Chaptico, Maryland. She attended the Immaculate Conception Church of Mechanicsville, Maryland, and Our Lady of the Wayside Church of Chaptico, Maryland.
Mary was educated in the St. Mary’s County public school system, graduating from Banneker High School in 1961. After graduation, she began her career in the food service industry in Washington D.C. at the Department of Commerce. She returned to St. Mary’s County, and on August 1, 1970, Mary united in holy matrimony to the late Joseph “Bo Diddley” Gray. She was a stay-at-home mom who nurtured five children. Mary was a hard worker who found time to do catering and caregiving for adults and provided childcare for several families. Once her children graduated from high school, she continued her food service career working for the following companies Riverside Grill Café, Perkins Restaurant, and the Department of Aging, where she retired.
She loved to read romantic novels and listen to music. Mary was best known for her famous potato salad dish, which family and friends always requested for various functions. She was a social butterfly who regularly attended functions; if the music played, you would find her on the dance floor.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Tyler Thurston; granddaughter, Demetria Williams; in-laws, Nancy Gray and Julius Paul Gray; sister, Dolores F. Briscoe; brother, Mark A. Briscoe; brothers-in-law, Paul “Gene” Curtis, Paul “Pete” Gray, and Joseph “Pipe/Sandy” Gray; sisters-in-law, Mary “Maggie” Worthington, Margaret Isabelle Bush, and Mary Christine Curtis.
Mary leaves to cherish her memory her loving children, Darlene M. Briscoe, Constance R. Williams, Belinda D. Gray, Victor T. Gray (Tammy), Richard G. Gray (Stalicia); grandchildren Jermaine Thomas, Jeremiah Thomas, Devon Williams, Dominque Williams, Kiara Bumbry, Vernon Thurston, Robbie Thurston, Charles Gray, Mary Gray, Shawna Brady, Serenity Gray, Joseph Gray, Shirley Edwards, Marty Goldsborough, Angel Gray; great-grandson, Curtis Coleman; siblings James C. Briscoe Jr. (Mary), Margaret B. Medley, Helen E. Butler, John H. Briscoe (Elizabeth), Shirley C. Briscoe, Sharon B. Greenwood-Staten (David), Ronald V. Briscoe (Donna), Judy M. Nelson, Robert M. Briscoe (Linda), Martha L. Greene, David L. Briscoe, Sr. (Sharra), Jane M. Hebb (Michael); sisters-in-law Mary Lorraine Gray and Gladys M. Briscoe and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Family and friends will unite on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 for visitation from 9 am – 11 am; service from 11 am – 12 pm at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Interment to follow at Queen of Peace cemetery, 38888 Dr. Johnson Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.
Sorry for your loss may she rest in paradise.
Our condolences to all of the family! She was a beautiful person with a kind heart and Soul. May she Rest in heavenly Peace!
The Somerville Family of Crossroad!
Tyrone and family,
Sorry to hear about your loss. You have my sympathy and are in my prayers.
I will miss my cousin Aggie. I loved her very much. She always was smiling and greeted me with hugs. You could feel the love coming from Aggie at all times. She would help anyone anytime. My deepest condolences to all my cousins and especially Aggie’s children. She will always be loved and never forgotten. RIP Aggie. You have gained your wings. Continue to watch over us. You will always have a place in my heart..
Darlene you have my sincere condolences.
Stacie Baker & family
Agnes’ Children & Rest of her Family, Praying for Agnes soul. May she rest safely in God’s Love and Mercy. My prayers are being sent up for you all. Peace be with you. God bless you. Love. Mary Martin
Sorry to hear the loss of your Mother and love One. Agnes was a very nice and humble person. She always greeted you with a smile . May God keep his loving arms wrapped around each of You. God Bless you All. She will be missed ❤️
Sending my condolences to the Gray family. May God guide you during this difficult time in your lives. May your love one rest in peace forever. Love you Missy & Minnie
Joan and John Thomas
Sending my sympathies and condolences to the Gray Family. Mary had a great personality and whenever I saw her she was always smiling. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. God bless her family, know that she is resting in peace.
Rest in peace Agnes. You will be truly miss. Family so sorry for your loss.
To The Family of Mary (Aggie) Gray
We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our prayers and condolences goes out to the family. Cousin Aggie will be dearly missed by the family. She was life of every family gathering that she attended. She was a fun-loving person and very nice. May she rest in peace with the Lord. Also, may God grant the family peace and comfort at this most sorrowful time. God bless the family.
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you and your family all my love and support. Please accept our heartfelt condolences at this time.
PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE GRAY FAMILY. SENDING MILLIONS OF HUGS AND KISSES AND LOVE YOU ALL ALWAYS ALWAYS❤️