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Mary returned to England and was a primary school teacher in Brixton. In a short period of time Mary moved in with Sam, who lived in a house on his father’s farm. Mary and Sam were married in Colorado in 1996.
Mary held other teaching jobs before moving to the private sector to become an ICT teacher trainer. She proved to be a great success in this role and won her employer’s Project Manager of the Year Award in 2001 for, among other accomplishments, leading her ICT Teacher Training team to achieve the only unqualified ‘A’ grade audit status, awarded by the UK Teacher Training Authority, out of 64 national teaching service providers. Mary then progressed to become a nationally qualified school inspector.
When Mary became a mother, at the relatively late age of 38, it was a surprise and delight for all of us. Ned (born April 2006) and later, Lola (born December 2007), were her greatest accomplishments - two delightful children, whom she adored.
After the pain of my marriage breakdown in 2002/2003, Mary wrote me a wonderfully uplifting and positive card that included the line, ‘Life is too short and too precious to be sad or miserable’. That line perfectly reflects who she was and how she lived her life.
Your loving brother, Ross.
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