Maura Kathleen Brady, 56, beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, died suddenly on February 16 from a rare and aggressive form of CLL cancer.
Maura was born on December 7, 1964, in Harrisburg, PA, and was a resident of Gainesville since 1982. She was a graduate of and teacher at the Florida School of Massage, where she was a loving champion of the school, an inspiring teacher, and dear colleague. She also was a massage therapist, practicing in a breezy, natural-light-filled room of her historic home in the Duckpond neighborhood.
Maura grew much of her own food, enjoyed kayaking at Ichetucknee Springs, and camping outdoors. She often was seen biking around Gainesville to her garden, garage sales, the farmers market, and friends’ homes. She embodied “live simply so others may simply live.” She was admired for many reasons including her delicious organic cooking, her ability to find clever uses for tossed-away items, and her zeal for organizing and cleaning. Maura had an infectious laugh which stayed with anyone within hearing distance long after the final note.
Maura leaves behind her son, Janakai; her mother, Maureen, of Winter Park; her siblings Sheila (Ted) of Rosendale, NY, Ann (Rick) of New Smyrna Beach, Tim of Casselberry, Robin of Silver Spring, MD, Paul and Molly of Gainesville; her nieces Summer and Shaylyn (Claudia); her nephews Max and Aleks; cousins; and hundreds of friends. She was predeceased by her father, Richard, and nephew, Brandon.
Maura had a natural burial and is interred at the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery at 7204 County Road 234, Gainesville, FL 32641.
A celebration of Maura’s life will be announced at a later date.
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