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The late Mary Christopher

The late Mary Christopher

The late Mary Christopher

For those who could call Mary Christopher, Coolbawn, Ferns, their friend, her death in Wexford General Hospital on Saturday, January 25, evoked feelings of sadness.

This was particularly true for her husband, Charles, and family members including her daughters, Theresa, Mary-Anne and Margaret, sons, Charles and Walter, and her extended family.

Mary, who was 82, hailed from a well-known and respected family in the area; she was a daughter of the late Walter and Mary Carter.

She was born on May 12, 1937, in Boar's Alley, Ferns, and was the youngest child in the Carter family.

The family moved to live in 27 Coolbawn, Ferns, which became the family home for many years.

In her younger years Mary worked for McEvoy solicitors, however, she gave up that position when she married Charles Christopher on Tuesday, January 27, 1959, in Ferns Old Church.

The couple were married at 8 a.m. in the morning with Fr Michael Sinnott as Chief Celebrant.

The best man was Sean (John) Christopher while the bridesmaid was Mary's sister, Theresa Carter.

The wedding breakfast, at it was called back then, was in Murphy Flood's Hotel, Enniscorthy.

Mary took on the role of homemaker and the couple were blessed with three daughters, Theresa, Mary-Anne and Margaret, and two sons, Charles and Walter.

Mary welcomed nine grandchildren into the family and she also lived to see the arrival of 10 great-grandchildren.

Family meant everything to her, however, she still managed to find the time to make her mark outside the family circle.

A talented camogie player in her youth she was a member of the Ferns branch of the ICA, the Ferns Pioneer Association and also the local Ferns Church Choir.

She was also an avid Liverpool FC fan.

Knitting was another passion of Mary's and she created numerous Aran jumpers.

She and Charles loved dancing and the two were placed in many dancing competitions over the years.

Watching soaps on TV was another pastime Mary loved and in particular she ranked Fair City, Eastenders and Home & Away, among her favourites - watching them every day.

Mary was a woman of many talents and cooking was one of them. She was renowned for her homemade bread and scones and no visitor ever left the house without getting a cup of tea.

Mary was also a devout Christian and always attended mass and ceremonies in Ferns Church for many years.

St Padre Pio, St Gerard and the Blessed Virgin were very important to her in her prayer life; she prayed to them everyday throughout her life.

Mary loved company and always had a smile or kind word for everyone.

Poignantly, her funeral took place on her and Charles' 61st wedding anniversary.

The high regard in which she was held was underlined by the large gathering of mourners who congregated in Ferns Parish Church to comfort her husband, Charles, and her sorrowing family.

Mary leaves behind her heartbroken husband, Charles, sons, Charles and Walter, daughters, Theresa, Mary-Anne and Margaret, daughters-in-law, Margaret and Linda, sons-in-law, Eamonn, James and Mikie; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, relatives and large circle of friends.

Her funeral mass was conducted by Parish Priest, Fr Paddy Cushen, assisted by Fr Richard Redmond, with music and singing provided by Arthur Moynihan and David O'Connor.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Enniscorthy Guardian