Mary D. Nickerson
Mary D. Nickerson
RUTLAND TOWN — Mary Dugan Nickerson, 67, of Rutland Town, died after a long illness on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at her home.
She was born in Dunkirk, N.Y., in 1945, the daughter of Alfred and Frances Dugan.
She was the wife of Douglas M. Nickerson for 45 wonderful years. Mrs. Nickerson grew up and attended schools in Agawam, Mass., and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was also a graduate of the College of St. Joseph in Rutland.
Survivors include her husband, Douglas M. Nickerson; a son, Timothy A. Nickerson of Mansfield, Mass., and his wife Catherine McElroy Nickerson; a daughter, Pamela A. Notte and her husband Michael Notte of Rutland Town. She is also survived by grandchildren, Ethan and Emma Notte of Rutland Town and Luke Nickerson of Mansfield, Mass.; two sisters, Patricia Berwaldt of Chicopee, Mass., and Debbe Dugan of Turners Falls, Mass.; brother-in-law, Mark Nickerson of New Hampshire; and a dear friend, Connie Storer of Williston, Vt. Mrs. Nickerson is also survived by her beloved dogs, Daisy and Wally.
She loved to be with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren, and was very active in local dog activities, including training “Wally” to be a therapy dog for many local sites. She loved to knit articles for others and never forgot a friend or relative’s birthday or special occasion. She very much enjoyed her “group friends” from Bone Builders, her prayer group, The Sophia Sisters, and “The Breakfast Club.” She taught us all something about perseverance and grace in the face of difficult circumstances and through it all she never forgot to say “thank you” to those who helped. She was a kind and true friend to those who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial contributions to Ovarian Cancer Research, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122 or online at ocrf.org.
There will be no calling hours.
Funeral services will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. Following the ceremony, the family will greet friends in the church downstairs area, for a time of fellowship and remembrance and light refreshments.
Those unable to attend the services are asked to consider doing a good deed for others.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Clifford Funeral Home.