Remembering Mary Ennis
To the Editor:
It was perhaps three years ago that I attended a reception following a memorial service at the Methodist Church, where I met for the first time, Mary Ennis, who was there with her mother, Bea Lowell. I stopped to chat with Bea and Mary introduced herself to me. It was not long before she mentioned her cat and that information created an immediate bond since her cat and nine are both yellow (or golden) felines. Mary then mentioned that she loved researching genealogy and that brought an invitation to be a volunteer at the Bethel; Historical Society’s research library. So she soon became a volunteer, then a member, and later a trustee and committee member. Subsequently, she began working with the Society’s volunteer Registrar, Jackie Bell, and they became great friends. They made a “good team’ and achieved much progress in managing the Society’s ever-expanding collections.
Mary also became one of the “stalwarts” at the Society’s annual St. Never’s Day sale and helped me with a number of Society projects. I could always count on her sensible advice and enthusiastic assistance.
On the personal side, she became one of the “regulars” each Thanksgiving and Christmas at my house for dinner. We had lots of fun and many laughs cooking all kinds of dishes and making certain everyone had a good time.
Mary also came to share my love of swimming at Letter “S” on Sunday River” How much she looked forward to her “cooling off” each afternoon at that special place! I also found her very adept at “meeting and greeting” people, something I love to do as well. We had so many good discussions with all the folks from many places that we met there.
Her death this week has left me bereft of a good friend. During the past ten years or so, I have lost several of my oldest and dearest friends. The challenge in life is always to keep making new friends, particularly younger ones. Mary was not my friend for very long time-wise, but what she lacked in time she made up in quality of experience. I shall not long forget what a truly remarkable friend she was!