Mary was born an only child to Neil Alexander Gallant and Ellen Monica McLaughlin. She was born in Alberry Plains, PEI, in 1928. She remembers that during World War II, Ed Collins was hired to transport Catholics to Veron River Church in his old ton truck, and Jack Doyle would collect money every Sunday for the fare.
George Ployer was born in Cardross in February of 1938 to John Allen Ployer and Marion (Birt); he was the second of four children. When George was four his family moved to the property where he currently lives on Martinvale Road, his father had a mixed farm there which he then took over.