MARY JOSEPHINE HICKEY
The family was poor, but proud. Mary's mother, Margaret Leddin Hickey, taught the girls to act like ladies, and would not allow them to associate with any of the local "rowdies". (Mary's husband, John Carey, called her "The Lady".)
the eighth grade at St. Aloysius' grammar school, a Catholic
parochial school in Chicago. She won an award for her
penmanship, and was proud of her composition book, containing
her year's best work. This beautifully handwritten and decorated
book is in the possession of her granddaughter, Gail.
Mary worked, while a teenager, as a cashier at Marshall Field's, a department store in Chicago. She was very proud of her job, because it was a very good job for a woman in those days. She had to dress up for work, wearing a hat and gloves. A cashier earned about $14 a week.
John Joseph Carey in 1908, after a five-year engagement. She
then called herself Mae, because she didn't want to be called
Mary Carey. John and Mary had three sons, John, Jr., Thomas
Ignatius, and James Aloysius. The family moved to San Francisco
in 1919, and to Berkeley two years later.
very involved in community and church affairs. She was president
of the Berkeley City Women's Club when it was started. She was
also president of the parish branch of the Ladies Aid Society.
She was State Secretary of the Catholic Daughters. Mary knew Robert's
Rules of Order cover to cover. Her son Jim remembers her
attending a Catholic Daughters convention in Colorado Springs in
1933. He was about 13 years old. He went with her on the train,
and then he traveled on to Chicago to stay with relatives, and
see the World's Fair. Mary went to the convention, and to Pueblo
to see where she was born. She joined Jim in Chicago four days
remember her crocheting, her little presents, and her always
smelling like lavender. She loved beautiful clothes. Her
granddaughter, Gail remembers her love of elegant, expensive
hats. In her later years, after her husband died, she lived with
her son John and his family.
following a stroke, at Brookside Hospital in San Pablo,
California, on January 28, 1966. She was 87 years old. She is
buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in San Pablo, California.
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