En­tre­pre­neur­ial Mary ran busy shop

Wexford People - - NEWS -

MARY WHITE (née Davey) passed away peace­fully at her home, in the lov­ing care of her fam­ily, on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 9.

Born on Novem­ber 9, 1945, to Mike and Frances Davey, she was the fourth of their five chil­dren and sis­ter to Margie, Kitty, Dai and Michael.

Mary grew up on the fam­ily farm in Ban­now. Af­ter leav­ing school she trained as a pas­try chef and worked at the Tower Ho­tel in Water­ford, a place where she made many life­long friends.

Mary’s heart was stolen in 1967 at a dance in The Olympia Water­ford on Easter Sun­day night. Three years later, on July 30, 1970, she mar­ried her beloved hus­band Wil­lie at Grantstown Pri­ory. They be­gan mar­ried life in St. Leonards, where she lived for the re­main­der of her life.

Mary was al­ways en­tre­pre­neur­ial and in the early years of their mar­riage she used her pas­try skills to sell home­made con­fec­tionary in the small shop she opened at her home.

1974 saw Wil­lie and Mary move from their two bed cot­tage with their three small chil­dren Michael, Louise and Kath­leen.

It was a short move to their new home, the old school in St. Leonards, only next door. The shop moved too and the ad­di­tional space al­lowed for fur­ther ex­pan­sion and of­fer­ing a more ex­ten­sive range of gro­ceries, drap­ery etc.

Mary and Wil­lie went on to have a fur­ther five chil­dren An­nette, Frank, Wil­liam, Mar­garet and Bren­dan.

In ad­di­tion to run­ning the shop, the suc­cess­ful team of Mary and Wil­lie, ran a busy mar­ket gar­den, with Mary de­liv­er­ing to many busi­nesses in Wex­ford dur­ing the Eight­ies and Nineties. In­dus­tri­ous and never one to stand still, she and Wil­lie adapted to chang­ing times and later years saw the nurs­ery busi­ness de­velop as the shop closed and the mar­ket gar­den re­duced.

Cus­tomers re­turned year af­ter year to have their boxes and bas­kets planted by Mary, and Wil­lie of­ten felt peo­ple called for the chat as much as for the flow­ers.

Mary could turn her hand to any­thing, from run­ning up a pair of cur­tains, up­hol­ster­ing a chair, or feed­ing an unan­nounced crowd. Her tal­ents were end­less and she in­spired many to `give it a go’, show­ing her kind na­ture.

Hard work was some­thing she was well used to, and the im­por­tance of which she in­stilled in her chil­dren. How­ever, de­spite the work­load Mary al­ways had great time for peo­ple.

Her home was an open one, with the ket­tle rarely cool. She loved to cook and bake all of her life and the many vis­i­tors to her home over the years in­vari­ably left a lit­tle heav­ier than they ar­rived!

She loved chil­dren, and al­ways wel­comed the vis­its of her 13 grand­chil­dren and her many grand­nieces and grand­nephews. Her toy press and goody box were al­ways full - St. Leonards was a great place for a child to visit.

Mary al­ways im­pressed the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion to her chil­dren. Both she and Wil­lie worked hard to en­sure each of their eight chil­dren had ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties. Mary her­self un­der­took fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion later in life at­tain­ing a Cer­tifi­cate in Hor­ti­cul­ture hav­ing suc­cess­fully com­pleted a three year part time course un­der the late Jim Kelle­her.

Al­though liv­ing all her life in her na­tive Wex­ford, Mary saw much of the world on the hol­i­days she took with Wil­lie. The pair trav­elled to many parts, in­clud­ing Canada, Aus­tralia, China, Cuba and South Africa.

Mary was very so­cia­ble and loved to be out and about chat­ting to peo­ple. This was ev­i­dent in her reg­u­lar at­ten­dance at card games and in more re­cent times bingo.

In pre­vi­ous years she was a reg­u­lar sup­porter of Wex­ford Pony Club where she en­cour­aged many of her chil­dren to de­velop their skills, in ad­di­tion to en­sur­ing no one was short of a cup of tea from her in­fa­mous flask. Known for her can­did man­ner she will be fondly re­mem­bered as one of life’s great char­ac­ters. Her en­ergy and pos­i­tive out­look were to be ad­mired. Even in the lat­ter days she fought hard and got on with life, adapt­ing to her chang­ing cir­cum­stances. Sit­ting back or re­tir­ing were not op­tions for her and she con­tin­ued to work hard pre­par­ing many of the flower or­ders ear­lier this year.

Mary is sadly missed by her lov­ing fam­ily, sons-in-law, daugh­ters-in-law, grand­chil­dren, broth­ers-in-law, sis­tersin-law, rel­a­tives and friends.

The late Mary White.

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