Today I went to St. Michael and All Angels at Abbey Wood for the Funeral Service of Mary Macey. I met Mary in 1955 when she started coming to the church where I was a Sunday School Teacher: St. Wilfrid’s, Cowplain. Mary looked after the Infant Sunday School. After having assisted at the Organ for a few years I became the Organist and her son Michael joined the choir and over the years he became Head Chorister. Today Michael is a well known Organist and Choirmaster and directs several choirs. Recently he has been awarded the MBE for his service to music in Welling.
In those days we put on either a pantomime or something similar at St. Wilfrid’s every year which always played to full houses on several nights and Mary was a leading light in these theatrical endeavours.
Mary was very well loved as evidenced by the full church for her Funeral Service and the four clergy who were present together with the local MP. As one would expect from a musician like Michael the music was wonderful with some 45 men, women and children making up the choir – quite remarkable on a Thursday morning.
Mary moved to Welling in the 1980’s and soon became a well loved and respected member of the church and community. She had particularly requested that no black be worn and that flowers be used to decorate the church and the church was full of the most wonderful flower arrangements.
May she Rest in Peace