Mary spent her summers on Conneaut Lake where she learned to swim before the family moved to Milford, Delaware, spending time at their cottage at Rehoboth Beach where Mary belonged to the Rehoboth Art League. Mary graduated from Milford High School in 1940 and attended the University of Delaware before transferring to Harcum College where she graduated.
During World War II she worked as a secretary, plane spotter, and sold War Bonds at Dover Air Force Base where she met her future husband, Captain John D. Allen. They were married on Sept. 16, 1944 and moved to West Groton in 1946 where they raised their three daughters.
Mary was an active member of the First Parish Church of Groton volunteering for many of their functions including making apple pies and crafts for the Christmas fair, and helping to publish their weekly newsletter back in the 1950s. She was also a member of the Groton Pony Club, Groton Hunt, Groton Historical Society, Groton Senior Center, Friends of the Library, volunteered for the Red Cross, and worked the polls on Election Day.
Mary enjoyed swimming, gardening, playing bridge, and going to lunch with friends. After Jack’s passing, Mary and her friends spent their mornings having brunch at The Breadbox. After it closed, the group, fondly known as The Golden Girls, could be seen almost daily having lunch at Johnson’s.
The eternal smile on Mary’s face always made people feel welcome. She will be missed but will be remembered as a kind and humorous woman who was the first to help a friend and always saved room for dessert.
Mary is survived by her sister Florence Pearce Shackelford and husband Walter of Durham, North Carolina; three daughters: Jackie Wing and husband Ted of Flanders, New Jersey; Judy Palmer and husband Ron of West Groton; and Joan Allen of Raymond, New Hampshire; three grandchildren: Stacey Wing Palazzotto and husband Vinny of Park Ridge, New Jersey; Ryan Wing and wife Lauren of Little Falls, New Jersey; and Casey Palmer of West Groton; four great grandchildren: Baldo Palazzotto, Enzo Palazzotto, Melina Wing, and Layla Wing, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her two older brothers, Joseph Pearce, Jr. and William Pearce.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Operation Delta Dog ,a local nonprofit that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be certified service dogs for our veterans to aide them with PTSD and TBI. Donations may also be sent by mail to Operation Delta Dog P.O. Box 121, Chelmsford, MA 01824.