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Mary Epps Boze

October 22, 1934 ~ October 7, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Mary Boze Obituary

Mary Epps Boze

October 22, 1934 – October 7, 2023

Mary Epps (Eppie) Boze, artist and writer, died on October 7, 2023 in West Roxbury, MA, near Needham, MA, her place of residence since May 2021.

Eppie Boze was born on October 22, 1934, in McKenney, VA, the youngest daughter of  Wythe Howard Boze and Rena Faison Boze. She graduated from McKenney High School in

McKenney, VA in 1951. She attended school for X-ray technicians and began her medical assistant career in Dinwiddie County, VA.

Eppie married James Henry Bramble, who died July 20, 2021. They were married for 20 years and lived in Maryland, Ohio, New York, Wisconsin, abroad in Sweden and Italy and

raised four children.

In Ithaca, NY, Eppie began painting and studying art at Cornell University. She also completed summer painting studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her fine art

practice continued throughout her life. While in Ithaca, she worked in the Music Department at Cornell University and later became the Artistic Director of the Ithaca

Players, a community theatre company.

Eppie then moved to Massachusetts and worked in the Philosophy Department at Brandeis University for 17 years. While at Brandeis, she had a solo art show, a wonderful celebration

of her work over the years. After retiring, she moved to Athens, GA to experience the arts and southern culture and then to Austin, TX to be with her son James and family, and

finally settled in Needham, MA with her daughter, Tamara and family. She happily became a part of the Needham Senior Center Community.

Eppie was an engaging, curious, and fiercely independent woman who loved painting, poetry, music, museums, gardening, and connecting with nature. Being well-read, she

enjoyed conversations about philosophy, life, and the arts. Her charm and southern grace helped to cultivate a large group of friends from all over the world. She embraced

creativity in all aspects of her life and encouraged her children to hold those principles close.

Eppie’s parents, four brothers, and four sisters predeceased her. Surviving are three daughters, Margot Bramble Dermody and husband, Terence, of Pittsburgh, PA, Tamara

Bramble Lamenzo and husband, James, of Needham MA, Mitzi Bramble and partner Robert Percy, of Harwich, MA; a son, James Howard Bramble and wife, Tarah, of Austin, TX. She

had eight grandchildren, Michael Dermody, Daniel Lamenzo, David Dermody, Zoë Iacovelli, Jacqueline Lamenzo Sinha, Peter Lamenzo, Zachary Kassay and James Bramble. Also

surviving are two great-grandchildren, Asher and Rama, as well as her sweet dog Emily Dickinson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be sent to the National Association of  Women Artists, Massachusetts Chapter https://nawama.org/. A private family memorial service will be held.

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