Mary Blacker (nee Galton) and her legacy of skills

With sadness, Broadstone Methodist Church has had to say farewell to Mary Blacker who held the record for being the longest unbroken serving member having arrived in 1955. Mary passed away on 4 May 2018 after a short illness but had remained active and spoke at our Annual Church Meeting less than two weeks before she died. Her positivity was very evident when she arrived at Church, dressed for the weather and with walking poles, on a recent very snowy Sunday (the path having been cleared of snow for her by a devoted niece!)

Methodism has been a very important part of Mary’s life - her family were connected with the Poole High Street Church from the mid-1800’s until she and her mother moved to Broadstone. Here she has used her skills to the glory of God contributing so much to our Church in so many ways - her homemade flapjacks sold in our Coffee Lounge to the extent that she was known as ‘the flapjack lady’. When there was a need for a seamstress, she was there offering to help - even now, look around and we shall be reminded, ‘Mary made that’.

Mary was something of a legend! Known to many as Miss Galton, she had both attended Parkstone Grammar School as a child, and, as an adult, taught Home Economics there for many years. I wonder how many women in Broadstone learnt to sew and cook from Mary? She delighted in meeting old (some now retired) pupils who owed so much to Miss Galton, and I suspect one should include indebtedness from husbands and children who have benefited! She never lost the enthusiasm to pass on her skills to young people - our own grandchildren still make little people, snowmen and Christmas trees for their Christmas Cake as demonstrated by Granny’s friend, Mary Blacker, and no doubt that will be handed down to the next generation!

Mary, you will be sadly missed. We thank God for your life and all you gave to so many.

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