Posted - November 06, 2012
Mary died on January 30 aged 91. She was born on 14 June 1920 in Juxon Street and lived there all her life. Her parents had moved into the family home a few years before she was born. Mary was an only child. She went to St Giles School and then to Holy Trinity Convent School in Winchester Road. She worked as a clerk in an electrician’s though she also learned how to do some repairs herself.
During the War she worked at the Ministry of Food in Oxford. She married for the first time in 1939 and continued living in her parents’ house, and gave birth to daughter Julie in 1942. Her husband, who had been in the services, left her in 1944. Her father had died, so in 1945 to support her mother and her daughter she went to work as a wages clerk in a drapers’ business in Walton Street.
Then she moved to the private hire company Citax where she met one of their drivers, Arthur English, who she married in 1965. They were to have just 10 years together. In 1974/75 both Arthur and her mother died. Mary continued living in the house with Julie and worked for Counter Products which was then in Banbury Road, before retiring early to look after her mother.
Mary liked knitting, sewing and crocheting, and loved reading, as well as tackling puzzle books and crosswords. In later years she suffered from arthritis but always enjoyed going out and about in Jericho in her wheelchair with Julie.