Topsy (Ruth Ursula Ann) Gregory (nee Doll)

Aug. 12, 1916 - Sept. 20, 2007

Topsy (Ruth Ursula Ann) Gregory (nee Doll), 91, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007. She was born Aug. 12, 1916, in West Allis. She moved to Big Bend in 1946, where she lived for 52 years until returning to West Allis.

She still found time to write, take long walks, read, correspond with friends and - after being forced into it by her family - e-mail an impressive number of people.

Sunday she walked 47 blocks. Wednesday she went only five blocks. Thursday she walked four blocks to attend Mass and back. She went back to bed for a nap and "woke up dead," just as she had always wanted.

She is the mother of 11 children, Susan Mathis, Bridget (Larry) McElreath, Christine (Chuck Morley), Charles, Michael, Martin, Jane, Lizbeth Dow, Gregory (Nancy), Lucy Doll and Kate (John White); grandmother of 17; great-grandmother of 11; aunt of 18; and big sister of Bette Bosanko.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Brenton; two brothers; and four sisters.

Respecting her wishes, there will be no funeral. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Holy Assumption Church, at 71st and Orchard streets, with a meal to follow at Landmark, 1441 S. 68th St.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to St. Joseph Parish in Big Bend, Holy Assumption Parish or the charity of the donorís choice.