|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1927|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 2009|
Mary Agnes Emmett, 82, died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
She was a daughter of the late William T. Cassidy of Larksville, and Gertrude Browne Cassidy Conwell of Wilkes-Barre. Mary was the third of five children, born March 18, 1927, in Larksville at the family home, on the second floor back bedroom at 207 Howard St., and was delivered by her father's sister (a nurse) Agnes Heffernan, and so received her middle name of Agnes. She lived at 357 Harris Street in Plymouth prior to staying at Highland Manor in Exeter.
She attended State Street School, Larksville; Sacred Heart School, Wilkes-Barre; St. Mary's Immaculate Conception School; graduated High School at St. Vincent's DePaul, Plymouth.
She was married to William T. Emmett on Feb. 11, 1950, by the Rev. William J. Burke at St. Vincent's DePaul Rectory in Plymouth.
Mary spent her life caring for her family. She canned stewed tomatoes, bread-and-butter pickles and froze numerous varieties of vegetables from her husband's organic garden. She also made homemade grape and elderberry jellies from her backyard. Her neighbors envied the smell of fresh baked bread and cinnamon buns in her neighborhood.
Mary loved her Irish heritage. She was born the day after St. Patrick's Day and loved the color green. A Roman Catholic, she loved her faith and could always be found praying daily from her rosaries. She was baptized on April 27, 1927, by the Rev. Vincent J. Mahon at St. Vincent De Paul Church, Plymouth, and was confirmed on October 19, 1938, at Holy Savior Church, Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of St. Vincent's DePaul Church in Plymouth, now closed, and then became a member of All Saints Church.
In the flood of 1935 on the 10th of July, she witnessed the drowning of her brother, Thomas Cassidy, age 10, who, while attempting to skip a rock across the river, slipped and fell into the river located in Kingston at the narrows by the train trestle. Her father, William, who tried to save his son from the ravages of the raging Susquehanna River, both lost their lives that day. Even the family dog, Jack, a German Sheppard, jumped into the river knowing that nothing could be done to save them. Her father was found four days later at Wapwallopen; Thomas' body was never recovered.
The Cassidys originated in Ireland and, due to the potato famine, had to relocate in Scotland due to the availability of work in the mines. Her grandparents Thomas Cassidy and Bridget Murphy immigrated from Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 27, 1874, seeking employment in the coal mines in Plymouth, Pa. This group of early Irish Catholic settlers helped to establish St. Vincent De Paul Church on Church Street in Plymouth. Therefore, Mary's family's history is rich in this church.
Our mother was a strong-minded woman due to the experiences of life; she loved life and fought nine days for her survival, before her passing. We know that she has a place in heaven with the Lord, our God, and that her husband, William, welcomed her with open arms and will care for her in heaven as he did on Earth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Emmett, Jan. 17, 2007; mother Gertrude Conwell, Dec. 25, 1979.
Surviving are sons son 1 (living-can't post), of Wilkes-Barre; living son 2, Kingston; living son 3, Nanticoke; living son 4, Kilian, Texas; living son 4, Plymouth; daughters Mary Langdon, Shavertown; living daughter 1, Plymouth; grandchildren - can't post names all living - sisters - sister 1 Cassidy in N.J., sister 2; and brother 2 -Wilkes-Barre, still survive her.
The funeral will be Thursday at 9 a.m., from the Kielty Moran Funeral Home, 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth, Pa., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth.
Interment will be at St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery, Mountain Road, Larksville. Family and friends will be received today, between 6 and 9 p.m. Published in Times Leader on July 8, 2009
William Thomas Cassidy (1894 - 1935)
Gertrude Mary Brown Conwell/Cassidy (1899 - 1979)
William Thomas Emmett (1926 - 2007)*
Thomas Cassidy (1925 - 1935)*
Mary Agnes Cassidy Emmett (1927 - 2009)
Saint Vincent DePaul Cemetery
Maintained by: Tweety Emmett
Originally Created by: Clare Bradley
Record added: Jul 08, 2010
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