Today would have been the 87th birthday of Mark's mum, Constance Mary Eden (nee Ashton).
Mary's family lived at 24 Breinton Road, Hereford, Herefordshire, England, when was born on the 17th of May 1925. While her parents, John and Gertrude, were celebrating her birth, across the water in Germany disaster had struck: 43 men lost their lives in a calamitous mine disaster in the German town of Dortsfield; the toxic fumes and deadly gasses released were so powerful that even rescue workers were overcome and collapsed in the dark and treacherous mineshafts.
Mary married Peter Eden, the love of her life, on the 12th of April 1955 in Oddington Church, Oxfordshire, England. Peter's own father officiated, and Mary's father was one of the witnesses.
Mary died in Noveber 2001 in Newtown, Montgomershire, Wales, just two short years after Peter's death and only months after the horrific events of September 11th.
Mark and I were blessed to have been able to spend time with her before her death, and she is still very much missed.