Mary C. Forbes
Mary C. Forbes was born on December 17, 1899 in New York City. Her parents were Patrick and Mary Convery from Ireland. She died on October 2, 1997. She saw many changes in our country and society. She married and lived in New York with her husband for many years before she retired to Florida.
She was a member of the Third Order of the Franciscans for the years she resided in Florida. A very dear friend of hers shares the story of visiting Mrs. Forbes once a week and finding her sitting on her porch making Rosaries for school children. In the various baskets she had many colored beads and crosses. She shared the story with her friend that as a young child she was extremely ill. Her parents were told she would not live long. How wrong the doctors were. Her love of children came out in making the Rosaries as she never was able to have any children.
In 1998 our Mary C. Forbes Foundation came into being. Thousands of children have been assisted in attending our Catholic Schools here in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.