Town mourns the sad pass­ing of Mary White

Bray People - - News Focus -

THE LATE Mary White (Syn­nott) was a very spe­cial lady – a wife, a mother, a grand­mother, a sis­ter and a friend to so many.

Her death has caused waves of grief, par­tic­u­larly around the Boghall Road where she lived and was an in­te­gral part of the run­ning of St. Fer­gal’s parish. She had sev­eral roles within the parish. She cleaned the church, sang in the choir and went to Mass ev­ery day if she could.

Mary is sur­vived by her hus­band Gil­bert, chil­dren Gibby, Ge­orge and Liz as well as her chil­dren-in-law and grand­chil­dren Ge­orge, Luke and Tara.

Deputy Joe Be­han was amongst the many hun­dreds of mourn­ers at St. Fer­gal’s last week to say a fi­nal farewell to a woman who gave so much to her com­mu­nity. ‘She was a mag­nif­i­cent woman,’ said Deputy Be­han, adding that both she and her hus­band have con­trib­uted an enor­mous amount to the area over the course of many years.

She was born in 1932 and lived in Kilped­der with her mother An­nie and fa­ther Ge­orge. She was the el­dest of four chil­dren in­clud­ing Nel­lie, Pat and Peter. Sadly Pat was killed in a tragic ac­ci­dent nearly 70 years ago, but al­ways lived in Mary’s heart.

She went to school in Holy Faith Trud­der and went on to St. David’s be­fore work­ing for McNulty & O’Reilly Whole­salers on Quinns­bor­ough Road. She met the love of her life, Gil­bert, and they got mar­ried in Kilquade in 1953.

They lived on the Meath Road and Fairyhill for a short time be­fore mov­ing to Slieve­n­a­mon on the Boghall Road.

Mary had many in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing go­ing to whist drives and get­ting her hair done in Rose Brady’s. She also loved the Church and was very in­volved in the parish spending many hours there, both work­ing and pray­ing.

Her loved ones re­mem­ber a lady who was ‘one of a kind.’ Her son Gibby told the con­gre­ga­tion at her Fu­neral Mass in St. Fer­gal’s that she loved help­ing and giv­ing. ‘ When we were small Mother was called “Wan­derly Wagon,” be­cause she would spend so much time com­ing and go­ing in her Bee­tle,’ he re­called fondly, to a quiet chuckle from the gath­ered mourn­ers.

She had great pride in her fam­ily and loved hav­ing her three grand­chil­dren around her. They vis­ited her ev­ery day and will miss their granny very much.

Her home was al­ways ‘open house,’ and Mary en­joyed hav­ing a full house. She was, none­the­less, a Pi­o­neer all of her life and loved danc­ing and singing. Her party piece was ‘Sit­ting on the Bridge Be­low the Town,’ which she sang in hospi­tal just a few days be­fore she died.

Her niece Mairead Lee was a rock to Mary and the fam­ily in her last weeks. The nurse went in to Lough­lin­stown ev­ery day to look af­ter her be­fore go­ing off to work. Her fam­ily mem­bers said that they are very grate­ful to every­one who showed care and kind­ness to her dur­ing that time.

A huge crowd gath­ered qui­etly at St. Fer­gal’s last week to say good­bye, and her for­mer choir col­leagues raised their voices and filled her beloved church with a mov­ing mu­si­cal trib­ute to their friend.

Her favourite din­ner was served af­ter­wards at Bray Golf Club – veg­etable soup, roast beef or sal­mon, and jelly and ice cream. Every­one spent the day chat­ting about Mary and their mem­o­ries of her and cel­e­brat­ing a life of de­vo­tion to oth­ers.

The late Mary White.

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