Born in Waltham, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary (Cassidy) Sharpe. She was educated in Waltham and was a graduate of Waltham High School.
Mary was employed as an assembler in the electronics department at Data General prior to her retirement. She was also a communicant of St. Luke the Evangelist Church.
In addition to her husband she is survived by her six children, Mary Elizabeth Collins of Westborough, Margaret M. Jankins of Hanover, Donald W. Collins Jr. of Laramie, Wyoming, Arthur J. Collins of Cumberland, R.I., Sharon T. Collins of Laramie, Wyoming, and Kathleen D. Collins of Boston; one brother, George Sharpe, and two sisters, Elizabeth Sharpe and Theresa Sharpe, all of Waltham; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke's Cemetery. Calling hours at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, are Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 4 – 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 706 Haddonfield Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.