Town mourns the sad passing of Mary White
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.