1971: Mary Keniccott was Pine Valley
Hospital’s newest and most hardworking nurse. She worked directly
under Ruth Brent, but for some reason was spending the majority of her
time with Dr. Jeff Martin. Even though she knew Jeff was married, she
was growing more attracted to him with each day she worked.
Mary could see Jeff was suffering in his marriage to Erica. She was secretly
in love, but did not want to be, “the other woman.” As much
as she wanted to move on, she could not. Mary was content to be Jeff’s
hospital companion for the time being.
1973: Jeff turned to Mary when he found out Erica had
aborted their child. Jeff told her hi marriage was over. Mary secretly
breathed a sigh of relief. She never spoke a bad word about Erica, but
she knew she did not deserve Jeff.
Mary and Jeff became attached to an orphaned boy, Tad Gardner, who was
found injured on the side of the street. Jeff and Mary gave him special
attention. In a way, he had filled the void of the child Erica had taken
away from them. The three of them were a family, at least when they were
within the hospital walls.
But, this union was not to be. After some consideration, Jeff told Mary
he was going to make his marriage to Erica work.
Mary stood by Jeff as he went to trial for Jason Maxwell’s murder.
Erica’s lies had made him the prime suspect. When Jeff was exonerated
for the crime, he finalized his divorce from Erica. Without any hesitancy,
Jeff and Mary married. The couple made plans to adopt Tad formally.
1975: Mary and Jeff’s happiness was short lived.
Two robbers broke into their apartment. Mary returned from shopping for
groceries, not knowing a robbery was going on. Tad arrived at that moment,
and Mary caused a distraction so that he could get away. The ruckus caused
one of the robbers to get trigger-happy. Mary was fatally shot. She died
before help had a chance to arrive.