Our story begins on 18 June, 1942 in Walton, Liverpool where Mary and Jim McCartney gave birth to their first son, James Paul McCartney.
"My mother was a nurse and came from Fazakerley, Liverpool."- Paul McCartney, AnthologyThere's not much written about young Mary Patricia Mohan, who was born on 29 September, 1909. Her mother was Mary Theresa Danher, born from Toxeth Park and her father was born in Tullynamalrow, Ireland in 1880 as Owen Mohan but would change the spelling of his last name to Mohin during his school years so he wouldn't be mistaken with other students last names. Owen moved to Liverpool when he was older were he worked as a coalman. Mary and Owen were married on 24 April, 1905 at St. Charles Roman Catholic Church. The couple gave birth to their daughter, Mary,named after her mother, at 2 Third Avenue, Fazakerley, Liverpool. At age two her parents had divorced and her father had met and married his new love, Rose. The couple met while Owen was on a trip to Monaghan, Ireland and soon found love and started lives together as Rose brought her two children from her previous marriage into the picture. Mary Patricia soon realised that her new step-mother didn't care to take care of her new husband's daughter and decided she wanted to live with her aunts. By age fourteen Mary started working at Smithdown Road Hospital as a nurse trainee which would lead her to then take a three year training course at Walton Road Hospital on Rice Lane where she was given title as a state registered nurse. It was in June, when Mary was about thirty one years old she was brought into shelter during an air raid on Liverpool where she met thirty eight year old Jim McCartney.
"My dad was born in Everton and was a cotton salesman who'd left school when he was fourteen."- Paul McCartney, Anthology
|Michael, Jim, Mary, and Paul|
Mary had been suffering from pains in her breast but didn't think too much of it and avoiding the doctors as much as possible, even though a small lump appeared on the breast, in the fear that she might be diagnosed with nurse's hypochondria. Olive Johnson, daughter of Mary's friend Bella and Paul and Micheal's babysitter, recalls one night,
"When she got home, she went straight to bed," Olive says, "I went up later and found her crying. 'Oh, Olive,' she said to me, 'I don't want to leave the boys just yet.'" - From Shout by Philip NormanAfter a few days the pain was so severe Mary was admitted to a hospital where she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was put into surgery for mastectomy, which did little success; the cancer had already spread too far.
"That was the worst thing for me, hearing my dad cry. I'd never heard him cry before. It was a terrible blow to the family. You grow up real quick, because you never expect to hear you parents crying." -Paul McCartney, Anthology
|Michael, Mary, and Paul|
Mary is honored by both sons, Michael having an album called Women in 1972 with a picture of his beloved mother, and Paul McCartney being inspired by a dream he had of his mother telling him that everything was going to be alright, Let it be.
Mother Mary come's to me,
Speaking words of wisdom;
Let It Be.
The following video is Michael McCartney (McGear) 's "Woman" ;
Jim, with help from Bella, Olive, and his sisters all took help in raising the two boys. It was almost a decade later that Jim had fallen in love with Angie Lucia, a Liverpool widow born in 1929. After three meetings Jim and Angie had decided to get married, Jim being sixty-two years old and Angie being thirty-four the two were wed on 24 November, 1964. Angie had brought her daughter Ruth, whom she had with her previous husband, Eddie. Jim legally adopted Ruth, who was four years old at the time she was brought into the McCartney family, making Ruth legally Paul and Micheal's step-sister. Ruth was very musical, playing piano, guitar, and singing; this would become a bond with Jim and her, also with Paul- in fact The Beatles "Golden Slumbers", came from a sheet of piano music Ruth had out with the same title.
|Paul, Jim, Angie, and Ruth|
Jim had passed away on 18 March, 1976 at age seventy-two from bronchial pneumonia just two days after his son launched his Wings Over Europe tour. Paul had come back to attend his father's funeral who was cremated four days later. Angie on the other hand is now eighty-five years old and helps run McCartney Multimedia with her daughter Ruth and Ruth's husband Martin Nethercutt. In her late seventies Angie also starts her own brand of organic tea.
The following video is The Beatles "Let It Be";
Check back tomorrow for Day 2 of 18 Days of McCartney with Paul McCartney's early childhood