Mary Anderson Thirsk, 93, passed away on December 31, 2013. Mary was born in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Charles A. Anderson of Gotteborg, Sweden, and Kitty Lamb of Galway, Ireland. The family relocated with Todd Shipyard Corp, first from Brooklyn to Mobile, Alabama and finally settled in Galveston in 1933. Mary graduated from Dominican High School and went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad. She married S. G. “Bill” Thirsk and had three children. After many years as a devoted wife, loving mother, and generous volunteer, Mary returned to work. She enjoyed many years of service at Edgewater Retirement Home until her own retirement. Mary was a woman of strong faith with a loving and compassionate heart that touched everyone she met.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Thirsk; her brother, Charles J. Anderson; and her beloved son, George Thirsk.
She is survived by her son, Bill Thirsk and wife, Elsie, of Galveston; daughter, Anne LeMire and husband, Don, of League City; and grandsons, Dylan and Dalton LeMire. Mary is also survived by grandchildren: Betty, Orlando, Jessica, and James, as well as multiple great grandchildren.
Mary’s children want to express their gratitude to Dr. Lindsey Sonstein at UTMB and to Mary’s daughter-in-law, Elsie Thirsk, who provided her loving care and constant companionship.
Mary’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:30 pm, Monday, January 6, 2014, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 pm, led by Rev. Ray Pinard.