In Her Words
Candid profiles of strength told by the women of Northbridge
Throughout the month on March we have collaborated to celebrate Women’s History Month and the rich history of the amazing women living in our communities. Their candid stories are brimming over with love, happiness, passion, family values and the markings of individuals who have truly lived well and loved life.
Mary's Story (Resident of Carriage House at Lee's Farm)
What is your name and where were you born?
My name is Mary Elizabeth Eyre and I was born in August of 1924 in Bay Shore, Long Island to Mary and Edward Muriel. I have a brother and two sisters: Edward, Aimee and Jeanette.
What did you love to do with your friends?
We loved listening to radio programs, such as The Lone Ranger, or Daniel Boone.
What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?
I attended Islip High School and my favorite subject was History. After high school, I wanted to be a teacher, but my family could not afford to send me to college. Instead, with some financial help from my grandmother, I attended Lenox Hill Hospital Nursing School and, ultimately, took the state boards to become an LPN. Years later, after marriage and when my children were older, I attended Adelphu University, graduated with a degree in Nursing Arts, and became a Registered Nurse.
Did you marry? What was your proposal story if so?
My husband’s name was Edwin “Buzz” Maynard Eyre. I do not recall how he proposed but I know we were engaged for two years before we married.
What are some special memories you have about your children?
Buzz and I have two sons, John and Robert. Some special memories I have with my boys are surrounding their love of music. Both are gifted musicians. They both learned to play the accordion at the ages of four and five years old. Eventually, they both learned piano. Our son, Bob, has performed for the residents of Carriage House many times.
Where have you lived?
Buzz and I lived in Islip, NY for many years, raising our family there. We ultimately moved to Florida. I have fond memories of our beautiful home in Vero Beach. We had a very happy life there.
What types of jobs did you have? Who did you work for and what did you do?
I worked in a bakery when I was a teenager. Once I became a nurse, I worked in a hospital. My preference was Emergency Room nursing.
Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
My hidden talents include knitting, needlepoint and sewing. Oh, and cake decorating!
What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
There were some difficult times when money was short. I always worked. My husband owned a sign business, and he also coordinated operations for a home builder. He was born legally blind, so it wasn’t always easy for him. When I worked, my husband always took care of our boys. We never hired a babysitter to care for them.
Do you have holiday traditions? What do you do for the holidays?
My family is close-knit, and always celebrated the holidays. One tradition we have now is displaying our beautiful Victorian village at Carriage House for the holiday season. My son, Bob, and I set up the village each year, complete with artificial snow, lighted lampposts, and tiny villagers. Everyone who visits Carriage House stops to admire this display!
What are some of your favorite things? Favorite flowers? Favorite books? Favorite songs? Favorite foods? Favorite pets?
I love the color red.
My favorite flowers are Lilacs and Lily of the Valley.
I love animals. When my boys were small, we had a cat and collies. They also had trained guide dogs, both as family pets, and to help my husband.
What are your favorite experiences to partake in at Carriage House at Lee’s Farm?
I enjoy many of the programs offered at Carriage House, especially the cultural offerings (trips and visiting lectures), baking, and the arts and crafts. I also love pet visits. In fact, I look forward to bringing a dog treat and some puppy love to Ramsay (dog belonging to a Carriage House associate, Marsha) every day. I also love visiting with one my friends in the community, Jane, and spending time with her cat.
What do you hope for your children and grandchildren?
My hope for my children and grandchildren is that they continue to have happiness and success in their work and in their lives.
Sum your personality up in 1 word or phrase?
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