Mary Ann Braham

Mary Ann Braham (nee Moll), 98, a former Riverside resident, died peacefully on March 12, 2019. 

Ms. Braham was born on September 3, 1920 in Dayton, Ohio to Verdin Atlee Mol Sr. and Ethel Hammann Moll. She graduated from Central High School in 1938 in Xenia, Ohio and earned her R.N. degree from the Miami Valley School of Nursing in Dayton in 1942. 

During World War II, she worked at McClelland Hospital in Xenia. In 1943, she married her high school sweetheart, Roscoe Riley Braham Jr., and lived briefly with her husband in Socorro, New Mexico, before moving to Riverside. 

Ms. Braham was a homemaker who enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables from her garden, baking desserts and bread and watching Chicago Cubs baseball games on television. 

She was an active member of the Riverside Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday school, led a Campfire Girls troop for eight years and volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels for 12 years. 

In addition, she was a member of the Riverside Woman’s Reading Club, served as a local election precinct judge for 12 years, was elected to the Philanthropic Educational Organization in 1976 and to the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2002. 

In 1991 when Ms. Braham’s husband retired from the University of Chicago, the couple moved to Cary, North Carolina. There, her hobbies included reading, swimming, and camping. Traveling with her husband was also a favorite activity. The couple traveled to South Africa, Israel, England, Australia, Kenya, Germany, Italy, India, Fiji, Canada and 49 of the 50 U.S. states. She was a member of the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary. 

Ms. Braham is survived by her children, Ruth Ann Ashton, Nancy Billingslea, Jean Barwig and Richard Braham; her sister-in-law, Barbara Moll; eight grandchildren; and her 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, Roscoe. 

Visitation and Service information for March 21 is available from Brown-Wynne Funeral Home’s Sherrie Strickland at 919-467-8108 in Cary, North Carolina. The family appreciates memorial donations to the Ethel Moll Scholarship Endowment at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.