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Mary (Keller) Gouldrick
Webster – Mary (Keller) Gouldrick, 85, passed quietly on March 6th. She was predeceased by her husband Ronald, mother (Mildred), father (Frank). She is survived by her children: Kathleen (Abraham) Abaie, Maureen (Mike) Abaie, Beth (Ed) Crandall, Michael (Colleen) Gouldrick, Kelly (Tom) Scott, 6 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren, sister Carol Keller, brother Richard (Beverly) Keller, and brother-in-law Father John Gouldrick, CM.
Mary enjoyed being a mom and encouraged her children to explore the outdoors and use their imaginations. Ron enrolled her in golf lessons in her 30s, so they had a shared activity to do together. She had 9 hole-in ones! She loved golf and would often say that being on the links was like walking in God’s Garden. Mary had a real zest for life and lived it with love and humor.
Mary’s graveside interment will be held in late Spring when the daisies are blooming and the birds are nesting. When more information is available it will be posted here.
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Family and friends can view a short video snapshot of Mary’s life below.
Dear family and friends,
Our family thanks you all for keeping our mother in your prayers over the years, and especially as she became more challenged. On Monday, March 6th she slipped away from us. She was only a couple weeks shy of her 86th birthday. She would often say to us in her later years that she felt that her 86th year would be the year she would pass. She gave her Progressive Bulbar Palsy disease a good fight for over six years. It slowly robbed her of her voice and body. She used a wipe board that was used by a dear friend, Sandy, to communicate. Our mom was still an expressive chatter box even though she was mute for years; the wipe board gave her a voice. She wrote in her beautiful penmanship right to the end. Through her meticulous messages, or looking into her brown eyes, or viewing her animated mannerisms she was on her mark. We were grateful when she adapted to her iPad. It opened up her world and allowed us to have smart conversations via FaceTime. She came a long way from the farm she grew up on; where she milked cows, was bit by a horse on her bottom, had to battle a feisty rooster to collect the chicken eggs, learned to drive a clutch automobile in the open fields at a young age, fished and fileted trout out of the waters of Lake Ontario with her cousin, and endless hours helping her mother and father maintain farm life while nursing their aging relatives in their Ontario, NY home. She loved her childhood. As she grew older, she went to dances with her friends and cousins. One night she caught the eye of a Victor, New York city slicker, Ron. After their first dance they were inseparable. Over the years we’d coin them as a “unit.” Where Mary went, Ron went and vice versa. They had a beautiful union. They had five children together while living in Webster, NY. They moved to Florida in 2001. With this move, they were able to play golf endlessly during their golden retirement years with their many transplanted NY friends. Life was one big happy hour for decades and both of them socialized and danced like college students for many years. As their health started to decline, they eventually made the emotional trip up north to be with family. Victor, NY is their eternal resting place next to Ron’s relatives. God Bless Mary. Gold Bless Ron. God Bless our nurturing parents.