Mary O’Rourke was my grandmothers( Gertrude O’Rourke) sister. She would have been eleven at the time of Gertrudes birth. Mary never married, my father said that she had gone to the Church to make arrangements for her wedding, but called it off.
The mystery is, was that rumor true? If it was, who was the intended and why did she call the wedding off.
This is another O’Rourke sibling. Uncle Bill also never married. What I had heard was “he stayed home to take care of his mother” William and Mary shared a home, Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary took care of the home and cooking.
My dad said that Aunt Mary was kind and gentle and never lost her temper, she would have made a good mother.