Mary V. (Joyce) Pickering, age 87

of Quincy

Mary V. (Joyce) Pickering, age 87

Mary V. (Joyce) Pickering, age 87, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Alliance Health at Braintree, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in Quincy, to the late John and Sarah (Corcoran) Joyce. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1952.

As a young woman, Mary was honored to be crowned the first Miss Quincy in 1957. Also in 1957, she was voted Most Talented and Miss Congeniality at the Miss Massachusetts pageant.

Mary was a well-known waitress, hostess, and manager in the hospitality and food service industry for many years. During her career, Mary was a waitress at the former Sherry’s in Quincy, Lily’s Piano Bar in Boston’s Faneuil Hall for seventeen years, and the hostess and manager at Siro’s Restaurant in Quincy’s Marina Bay for many years. She loved all her cherubs!

Mary was a woman of tremendous faith and was an active volunteer for over twenty-five years at the Holy Cross Fathers Retreat House in Easton with the Cursillo program.

Most of all, Mary was devoted to her family, especially proud of her many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Over the years, she enjoyed many trips to Disney World and California with her family.

Wife of the late Ralph A. Pickering.

Beloved mother of Donna Gulizia and her fiancé Stephen McCord of Lowell, Ralph Pickering and his wife Lisa of Hull, John Pickering and his wife Tracy of Quincy, the late Mary Scott and her surviving husband Richard of Irvine, Calif., and the late Kim Villanueva and her surviving husband Santiago of Kingston.

Devoted grandmother of Derek Gulizia and his wife Halinne, Justin Scott, Stephanie Scott, Cassandra Scott, Bridget Scott, Erin Jablonski and her husband Craig, Christopher Pickering, Anthony Pickering, Giovanna Pickering, Jack Pickering, and Grace Pickering. Cherished great-grandmother of Alita, Olive, Kennedy, Mathew, Richard, and William.

The last of six siblings, Mary was predeceased by Pearl Donahue, Bea Kanelos, Frank, John, and Paul Joyce. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, February 3, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Friday, February 4, at 10 a.m. The Archdiocese of Boston requires a mask or face covering be worn in church. Interment private.

For those who wish, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Father Bill’s & MainSpring, 430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301 or My Brother’s Keeper, P.O. Box 338, Easton, MA 02356.


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  • Dear Mary, I’ll never forget the fun we had after shift as well as with good friends. I never waited for a table when you were at Sero’s. Your were a very special person and you will be missed by many. Love, Karen

  • I’m am so sorry to hear the passing of your beautiful Mom. She just lit up a room. I’m sure my Mom was there to greet her.

  • Mary wore a beautiful smile wherever she went and lifted the hearts of all who met her 🙏❤️🇺🇸😍

  • John and Tracy our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this trying time of sorrow and loss of your mother. We are thankful for the memories of Aunt Mary in attendance of many Lions Club luncheons.
    Loving thoughts,
    Ernie Falbo and Karen Lundsgaard

  • Mary thank you so much for being a friend and a mom to all of us at work. You always brought out the best in people because of your kindness and I shall never forget you.. My deepest condolences to your family and friends Rest now beautiful angel.

  • Mother Mary was a great woman full of life. Love and laughter she will be missed

  • So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and I have fond memories of being at the house with Mary or Ralph. May she Rest In Peace ❤️

  • Mary, you were a one-of-a-kind woman of grace, charm, charisma, good humor and style. A deeply faithful woman who showered blessings on everyone you met.

    I treasure the memories of our chats over tea at Glendale Road when Erin was young. You always made me feel special and loved. Your great faith was so inspirational, and your spiritual wisdom helped me through many hard times.

    My deepest condolences to John, Ralph, Donna and all the rest of your beautiful family. 

    But I can picture your sweet reunion at the pearly gates with Kim, Mary, Bea and Pearl, and your other loved ones. They’ve been waiting for you to arrive to get the party started. I can see you seated at Heaven’s great piano leading a rollicking sing-a-long. And there will be much rejoicing!

    While so sad that you’re no longer here on this earthly plane, I have great joy that you are Home. Thank you so much for gracing us with your presence. Rest in peace in the Everlasting Arms!

    With much love and fond remembrance,
    Sarah Poole McCarty and John McCarty

  • Mary was a wonderful person who you felt comfortable around and happy with her upbeat personality and loving ways I was always happy to see her come in the door what an honor to have her for a mother, grandmother,fantastic great grandmother you were Blessed

  • I was one of the many people that was lucky enough to have Mary in my life I admired the way she lived with family faith friends but most of all her humility she was a good soul and the real deal I will continue to pray for her and her trip to Heaven God bless Mary love you Billy

  • Good bye my good friend … for now. I’ll be looking forward to a grand reunion with you one day. My thoughts and prayers are with you all there as you say good bye to your mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and the many friends. I’m so blessed to have had you in my life for over 50 years. I will have many giggles remembering our time together at work, at play and in prayer.

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of Mary’s Family the loss of a wonderful women always a kind welcome whenever you met her she will be missed rest in piece dear friend Ed&Joan Smith

  • Bobby and I are so sorry and so sad we loved Mary their was no one like her she was a special person always in our hearts you are a wonderful family we will always have a special place for you love Marie and bobby locicero

  • John & family, thinking about you today. Sending you hugs and prayers. Your mom was a legend in Quincy. I remember her when i was young. She had so much faith, I was in awe of her. She lived just like God wants all of us to live. May your faith in God ease your pain and one day soon your memories of mom bring you comfort. God Bless.

  • Ralph, Lisa, Giovanna and Anthony: We are so sad to hear about the loss of Mary. She will be remembered in your heart in the lessons she taught and the patience she gave. Remember that her love for all of you will be alive forever. Sending healing prayers to your entire extended family.

  • Mary you were,always the brightest light in the room. Your smile and personality were infectious…such a strikingly beautiful person. FLY WITH THE Angels ❤🌹🙏

  • Mary, you will be able to celebrate next Christmas with Kathy.

  • It was a great experience working with
    Mary at lily’s her faith inspiration friendly nature and wit shined on everyone from all walks of life!
    Blessing are with her and family
    Bill Volpe

  • Rest in pice Mary to a wonderful friend you touched all you met with grace and compassion we will all miss you.

  • We will miss our good friend a woman who touched so many with her grace compassion and spirit.

  • My deepest condolences to Mary’s family. Although I had not seen Mary in quite some time, we always had a great time when I stopped by. She always opened her home to me. She was a great woman and loved her as my Godmother.