Mary Cleaver reminiscences

Parishioners' memories of Mary Cleaver

From her friend Sheila Kendrick:

"I knew Mary as a member of our congregation at All Saints' since the early 1980s.

In the 80s and 90s she was a regular at the 8.00am and 6.30pm services on a Sunday, whereas I usually attended the 10.30am service. However we became firm friends during the Prayer Groups that were led by Fr Philip Hughes, our Curate, in 1992. Indeed Mary invited me to stay in her house in St. Austell in Cornwall in 1994 - and we went to Fr. Philip’s Induction as Vicar at Boscoppa.

Mary performed many functions in the running of church life - for example, she was part of our church cleaners' group.

She was a member of Ladies' Society, and later became Chairman. She made friends so easily and so genuinely and was always in touch with them.

She would give practical friendship to many people, sometimes at considerable cost to herself.

Over the years Mary and I went out together whenever we could.

One service we loved to attend was our Holy Communion on Ascension Day morning, followed by breakfast - we hardly ever missed this special occasion.

We would go on church trips whenever possible; we would always join in Study Groups, and even Keep Fit in the church hall. 

Mary was a keen theatre-goer and loved classical music - just a few of her many interests.

Our favourite time to chat on the phone was any weekday at 4.30pm.

Mary was above all a true friend. With her strong Christian faith, she was a gentle and lovely lady.

She will be very much missed...."

Sheila Kendrick

(contributed 16/1/17)


from our former Curate, Phil Hughes: 

I have very fond memories of my Curacy years and I often think of them, holding the parish in my prayers.  Mary Beadle, as I knew her, was a lovely lady and enthusiastic about our prayer-group. She became a member and got a lot out of it.

As Vicar of Boscoppa in Cornwall, I often got invited to Mary and Arthur`s holiday home. 

I will light a candle and remember Mary on Thursday February 9th, and send my condolences  to Vic, and everyone.  One thing is certain, Mary is now in God`s Heavenly Kingdom, in glory!


Every blessing,

Father Phil Hughes

Vicar of Seghill with Seaton Delaval and Holywell.

The Area Dean of Bedlington Deanery.

Posted 6th February 2017.