MARY JOSEPHINE HICKEY
Hickey was born October 17, 1878, in Pueblo, Colorado, to
Hickey and Margaret Leddin. The Hickey family usually resided in
Illinois, but Mary's father was a laborer for the railroad, and
was in Pueblo while he helped lay track for a spur line. Mary
at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Pueblo, on December 1, 1878. Mary
had an older
sister, Ellen (or Nell), born in Chicago, who died before Mary
Ellen died at the age of 4 1/2 in Pueblo, on May 6, 1878. Mary
a younger red-headed sister christened Mary Ellen and called
who married David Hayes. There was also a younger brother,
who never married.
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.
handwritten and decorated book is in the possession of her
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
called herself Mae, because she didn't want to be called Mary
and Mary had three sons, John, Jr., Thomas Ignatius, and James
The family moved to San Francisco in 1919, and to Berkeley two
very involved in community and church affairs. She was president
the Berkeley City Women's Club when it was started. She was also
of the parish branch of the Ladies Aid Society. She was State
of the Catholic Daughters. Mary knew Robert's Rules of Order
to cover. Her son Jim remembers her attending a Catholic
in Colorado Springs in 1933. He was about 13 years old. He went
on the train, and then he traveled on to Chicago to stay with
and see the World's Fair. Mary went to the convention, and 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
Gail remembers her love of elegant, expensive hats. In her later
after her husband died, she lived with her son John and his
following a stroke, at Brookside Hospital in San Pablo,
on January 28, 1966. She was 87 years old. She is buried at St.
Cemetery in San Pablo, California.
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