Born in Dorchester, the daughter of the late Andrew Dole, and the late Florence M. (Ackerley) Dole, she attended Boston-area schools and graduated from the Chandler School For Women in 1950. She married the late Fred Ackerman in 1956, and settled in Kingston, where she lived for almost 50 years.
She was employed at VCA, after which she retired in 2000.
Besides her husband, Mary was predeceased by her son, Andrew. She leaves her daughter, Beth Anne Beard, her husband William, and her granddaughter Kathryne, all of Hudson; a grandaughter, Leila Griffith and her fiancee Robert Frangieh of Weymouth; a brother, Robert Dole, and his wife Susan, of East Bridgewater; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary was an avid dancer and roller skater, as well as a Boston Red Sox fan. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and devoted love to her family.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, July 17, at 9 a.m., in St. Michael's Church, 21 Manning St., Hudson. Burial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may attend calling hours Tuesday, July 16, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary's name may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the MSPCA.
Mary's family would like to express their deepest thanks to the ICU staff at Marlborough Hospital for their compassionate care.