Life story retold by Mairtin Parr
Mary Jane Willis nee McCabe was born in 1908 in Bracknell. She is the only child of Bernard and Elizabeth McCabe to be born outside of Ireland. Mary was one of 4 children: Kathleen. Josephine McCabe, Elizabeth Mary McCabe and John Charles McCabe.
Bernard Francis was born in 1873 in Dalystown, County Longford near Abbeylarra, Ireland and Elizabeth Mary McCabe nee Dunne was born in 1865 in Maynooth county Kildare, Ireland. They came over to England between 1901-1908. The family moved from Bracknell to Reading and eventually lived at 72 Erleigh Road.
Bernard was a horse groom and served in the first world war with his son in the artillery. He died on 2nd February 1956 and is buried at Reading Old Cemetery.
Elizabeth Mary McCabe was a fashion model in her late teens, early 20s. She also died in 1956 (1st April) and she is buried with her husband.
Mary married George Willis a grocer who worked for Baylis in Reading. She married in 1950 but died in 1952 at only 44 years old. The family were Roman Catholic and George Willis bought the grave plot but 10 months after Mary died George remarried. The extended family emigrated to Australia. George Willis married a further 2 times before his death in 1997.
Mary is buried with her mother Elizabeth Mary McCabe and her father Bernard Francis McCabe.
Buried in Section 24, Row A, Number 19