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Mary A. (Walters) Wallace

Mary A. (Walters) Wallace
  • January 5, 1935 - December 18, 2019
  • Melrose, Massachusetts

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“Jen and familyIt was a true pleasure and privilege knowing Mary. She brought joy and laughter to us daily. Mary treasured her family and always had a...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Kris Camuso - Friend

“Sophie, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will forever be here for you! Love, Katie ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Katie Crowley - Bolton, MA

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with your family. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Corrin Crowley - Bolton, MA

“Hi Jen,Sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose loved one. God bless you and your family. You are in my prayers.Nainita ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Nainita Soni - Coworker

“Rest In Peace Aunt Mary... ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Marianne Cary - Brandon, FL

“Jennifer, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom! No matter how old you are it is so hard to lose your Mother. Please cherish all the wonderful...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Karen Estabrook - East Hampstead, NH

“We will miss her greatly. Go glad to be her relative. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Susan Buell - Commerce, GA

“Many fond memories of Aunt Mary and her sense of humor. She always made a point to either call me or send me a message on my birthday. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Clyde Walters - Saint Petersburg, FL


Mary Altah (Walters) Wallace, age 84, of Winchester, formerly of Melrose, MA., Thompson, CT., and St. Petersburg, FL, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2019 after a brief illness. Beloved wife of the late Albert W. Wallace. Cherished mother of Jennifer Wallace and her husband Gerald Sniegocki of Melrose, Geoffrey Wallace and his wife Emelia of Danielson, CT., Mary Anne Fontaine and her husband Brian of Thompson, CT., and Jamie Wallace and his wife Barbara of North Grosvenordale, CT. Proud grandmother to Abigail and Sophie Sniegocki, Titus and Ibrahim Kamara, and Samuel and Elizabeth Fontaine.

Devoted sibling to Nancee Clark, Clyde J. Walters and his wife Ellon, the late Kenneth Walters, and the late Mildred White, all of St. Petersburg, FL. Also survived by her many friends, extended family, and wonderful caregivers at Winchester Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Joan Tamburrini of Reading, MA.

Mary had a long career as a dental assistant, respiratory therapist, and pre-school teacher. Her strong work ethic and commitment to lifelong learning served as a model for her children and grandchildren. She proudly accepted her degree in Early Childhood Education from Worcester State College in 1982 at the age of 52.

Mary will be remembered for her quick wit, love of family, and strength and resilience through multiple health challenges. She was always up for fun and adventure. Her greatest joy was spending time with family. She was a role model for a life well lived.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 4th at 11 AM, at the First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA. https://fccmelrose.org. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date at Sunnyside Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's name may be made to Mystic Valley Elder Services https://www.mves.org/ways-to-give/