Mary was born in New Haven, a daughter of the late Thomas and Annette Vece Dickinson. She was a teacher at Shelton High School, where she taught special education and home economics courses until her retirement.
After graduating with highest honors from the UCONN School of Home Economics, she volunteered for the VISTA program. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, post-it notes and doggie bags.
She leaves behind many wonderful friends and she is survived by a sister, Margaret “ Peggy” Taylor of Orange, CA; a brother, Thomas (Diane) Dickinson of Hamden; and her Aunt Marie ( Mickey) Laccone of Waterford. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Dawn (Jess) Bingaman, Jamie, Lynette and Scott Swanson, all of CA; Tammy (Sean) Eaton and Wendi (Scott) Smith of TX; Christopher (Jenifer) and Michael (Jennifer) Popolizio of CT; and great – nephews Kyle and Connor Eaton of TX.
Her funeral will leave from the Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Wednesday morning at 11:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joan of Arc Church, Hamden at 12 p.m. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday morning from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.