Mary grew up in Herne Bay, now known as Riverwood.

Being the first born, to one brother and four sister.Her parents had quite the handful!

Growing up, Mary had a fear of animals and would rather help her mother in the house, collecting flowers and setting the table.

From an early age, Mary developed an interest in clothes and make-up and whilst her sisters were out horse riding she would be inside putting on make-up
or collecting flowers.

Riverwood was more of a rural area than what it is now, so her options for pursuing a career within the fashion industries were limited.

Fortune struck however, and she was able to work as a machinist at Berlie Bras.

Mary would marry Bob in 1954, and had three wonderful boys.

Always a dedicated family person, Mary would also help in raising her granddaughter.

Mary is now in our Southhaven Home, and is always a pleasure to our staff members to talk to.