Mary Francis Martin Brock

Published 5:39 pm Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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Mary Francis Martin Brock died in her home on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 surrounded by her family.

She was born on Oct. 19, 1937 in Courtney. The youngest of 8 children, she was the daughter of the late John Frank and Gertrude Allgood Martin. Star basketball player and valedictorian of her class, she graduated from Courtney High School in 1955. After high school, she began her career as a medical secretary. Shortly afterwards, in March of 1957, a quick visit to complete a simple tax return ended in a 64-year marriage to John T. Brock. They were married on July 6, 1957.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Mocksville where she sang in the choir.

She dedicated her life to her family and others. After raising 3 children, she went back to school to pursue a degree in nursing. She began her career as a nurse at Davie County Hospital, and went on to become the home health nurse for Davie County. She cared for and eased countless lives until she retired.

She enjoyed beautifying her yard with flowers, solving puzzles, and reading the mysteries of Agatha Christie. She and her husband, John, shared a love of travel and adventure. They traveled extensively, visiting 48 states and several countries across Europe and the Americas. She was a collector of many items, and particularly loved coffee mugs from her travels and dolls.

Creative and talented, she mastered everything she set her mind to. Many of her friends and family are still kept warm by the quilts she made. Of all her wonderful traits, she was best known for her kindness, generosity, and faith which she expressed always through her work at the church and her involvement in charitable organizations, including Prayers and Squares Ministry and the Storehouse for Jesus.

Survivors: her husband, John T. Brock; 3 children, Jennifer Brock McDonald, Robin Nanette Brock (Patrick Place), and Martin Nathaniel Brock (Clarissa); 4 grandchildren, Erik, Kristen, Alana, and Alan; 2 great-grandchildren, Michael and Emmett; a sister, Betty Martin Barnes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10 at First United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Natalie Grey and Rick Carter officiating.  At the request of the family, please be mindful of social distancing and wear a face covering. There will be a live webcast of her service on the Lambert Funeral Home website, or at  The family invites friends to come by Lambert Funeral Home, Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., to pay respects.

Memorials: First UMC, 310 N. Main St., Mocksville; Storehouse for Jesus, 675 Lexington Rd., Mocksville, ; and/or the Alzheimer’s Association, Western NC Chapter, 4600 Park Road, Ste. 250, Charlotte, 28209.