Mary D. Bright, passed away peacefully at her home in Shakopee, Minnesota, at the age of 57 after fighting a courageous battle of lung cancer for over three years.

Visitation for Mary Bright will be Monday, November 30, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 W. 125th St., in Savage, MN. (masks and social distancing will be required)

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary D. Bright will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 W. 125th St., Savage. (masks and social distancing will be required)

Live Streaming of the service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Monday, on the McNearney-Schmidt Funeral and Cremation Facebook Page.

Interment will be held later at Calvary Cemetery in Morris, MN.

Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers are her nephews and nieces: Casey Bright, Adam Bright, Heather Hyatt Hertel, Alexander Hyatt, Jolene Bright Uemura, Wesley Bright, Jon Bright, and Aaron Bright.

Mary D. Bright was born in Starbuck, MN, on January 19, 1963. She was the daughter of the late Wayne (Pete) Bright and Muriel (Chevalier) Bright of Morris, MN.

Mary graduated from Cyrus High School in 1981 and graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 1986 with a Human Services degree. In 1996 she obtained her Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s, Winona. She began her career of helping young adults at the Sheriff’s Youth Boys Ranch in Isanti, Minnesota. In 1989 she began as a Case Manager at Merriam Park Intensive Day Treatment. In 1991 she was promoted to be the Director of the program, and held that position for 20 years. In 2011 she became the Principal of Vessey Leadership Academy. She began working at the Jordan School district in January of 2012, where she was a social worker, along with coaching softball and volleyball. Mary was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, MN.

Mary was an avid sports fan of every level, with season tickets to Gopher Women’s basketball, Gopher Women’s softball, and the Minnesota Lynx. She loved attending all sporting events – from elementary to professional. Her love of helping teens was a passion that never left her. Mary’s family was of the utmost importance to her, and she spent as many hours as she could with them. Mary also enjoyed organizing trips around the United States with her sisters and friend, Peggy.

Survivors include her mother: Muriel Bright of Morris, MN; brothers: Donald of Coon Rapids, MN, Richard (Lynn) of Cyrus, MN; sisters: Bonnie Hyatt of Oakdale, MN, Janelle Bright of Hewitt, MN; nephews and nieces, Casey (Kathy) Bright of Rockford, MN, Adam Bright of Wayzata, MN, Jolene (Yuki) Uemura of Martinez, CA, Wesley (Tracy) of Evansville, MN, Jon Bright of Cyrus, MN, Aaron Bright of Cyrus, MN, Alexander Hyatt of Madison, SD, Heather (Jeffrey) Hertel of Roseville, MN; great-nephews and great-niece: Quinn, Hudson, James, and Decker; step-nephew and step-niece: Max and Jocelyn.

Preceded in death by her father: Wayne G. Bright; grandparents: Oliver and Sylvia Chevalier, and Wesley and Mary Bright.

Arrangements with McNearney-Schmidt Funeral Home in Shakopee, MN.

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