Seems wherever she went she was everyone’s favorite. People were drawn in by her sweet ways and pleasant smile. The first thing Mary would want when her family dropped in was a progress report on all her offspring. With 8 grands, 7 greats and a great-great that took a little time, but she’d hang on every word. But for Mary, family was always job one. Without missing a beat, the knife she’d use to peel potatoes would double as a pointer for her kids’ homework. Though she was short in stature (she claimed 5 feet but would shy away from a measuring tape) she commanded quite a presence: an Irish mother to her core. Her favorite day was Christmas Eve, bringing her family back together and beaming with pride even if there wasn’t quite enough space. Mary kept her mind sharp in her later years, always working on a word search.
She would meet the late James in Mahonay City, PA. They married after the war. Their love would serve as a template for the rest of the family, though they did bicker from time to time. They were blessed with 3 children: Peggy (the late Michael) Kelly, Maryann (Brian) Carroll and Jim Jr. (Eileen); 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.
Come celebrate 93 great years Thursday 9 – 10:30 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Parish, Holy Name Church, Delran. Interment St. Peter’s Cemetery Riverside.