Mary C. Keating

  • Born: June 18, 1939
  • Died: September 5, 2021
  • Location: Scituate, Massachusetts

Joyce Funeral Home

245 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453

mail@joycefuneralhome.com
Tel. (781) 894-2895

Tribute & Message From The Family


Mary Claire (Birmingham) Keating passed away peacefully the evening of Sunday, September 5th on Cedar Point, in sight of the Scituate Light after "the best day ever." Although her health had been declining, Mary rallied to get home to enjoy the annual Scituate Beach Association Labor Day festivities which included smiles from the wonderful neighbors who had missed her terribly, a fantastic view of the Labor Day Parade and a lobster roll!

Mary was born on Father's Day, June 18, 1939, to Marion and William Birmingham. She grew up as the apple of her family's eye living in Waltham with her parents, brothers Richard, David and Dennis, and beloved aunt, Claire Dougherty. She attended St. Mary's High School in Waltham and moved with her family to Wayland in 1953.

She married Paul "Buster" Keating in 1963 and they made their home in Waltham where they raised their five children. Mary volunteered at Saint Jude School and parish then transitioned to active employment as her children grew. Mary worked at Baybank/Bank Boston, the Westin Hotel, and the Town of Watertown Collector's office who sent her off to retirement in style in 2009. Her friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family were the happy recipients of her wonderful whoopie pies, coffee cakes, crocheted blankets, and knitted mittens, hats, and sweaters.

After the loss of her husband in 2008, Mary began planning her "next chapter" and retired and moved to her cherished family home on Cedar Point in Scituate. During her years in Scituate, Mary was an active member of the Marshfield Senior Center and Saint Mary's Parish. She continued to enjoy her hobbies of quilting, knitting and crocheting, and being the life of the party. Her infectious smile, wry wit, and loving temperament will be missed by many.

She leaves behind her five children: Paul (and fiancé Brenda O'Neill) of Leicester; William of Waltham; Mary Ayotte (husband PJ) of Framingham; Maureen of Marlborough; and Margaret of Brockton as well as her beloved grandchildren: Ryan, Michael, and Julia Keating; Brooke, Billy, and Emily Keating; Dolan, Natalie, and Shane Ayotte and step-grandchildren Breanna and Mackenzie O'Neill.

Mary also leaves behind her adored brother Richard and his wife Claire of Warren, New Jersey and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Mary's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, September 12th from 3 to 6 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate. Burial will take place Monday at 1 p.m. in Calvary Cemetery, 250 High Street, Waltham.

Those wishing to view Mary's services may do so via this link on Monday morning: https://my.gather.app/remember/mary-keating

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the food pantry of your choice.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Mary years ago in Scituate when we were in Weight Watchers together. I looked forward to seeing her every week, as she brought her bubbly personality that kept life real. I would continue to see her on my walks around the lighthouse, but had lost touch. I will always remember her true love of life, family, everything beach, and life itself. May she rest in peace with her loved ones gone before her. My thoughts are with her family and all who knew and loved her.

Posted by Alison Short - Scituate, MA - Friend   September 15, 2021

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May choirs of Angels welcome her to her home in Heaven and may her
Beautiful Soul Rest In Peace
Love and Prayers,
Barbara Brosnan.

Posted by Barbara Brosnan - Scituate, MA - Friend   September 15, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. When I moved to Waltham, Mary was the first person to really welcome me and treat me with so much kindness. She was also really, really funny. I will miss her. I am thinking of all of you.

Posted by Beth Colgan - Friend   September 13, 2021

I and my husband live down the street from Mary on Rebecca Road in Scituate. We also live next to the Brennan's who were good friends of Mary from both Waltham and here in Scituate. I would often talk to Mary when she came to visit the Brennan's, when I'd walk by her house, or would see her in the local supermarket. She had a great wit and would always leave you smiling. We miss her.

Posted by Michelle Loring - Scituate, MA - Friend   September 13, 2021

Our Mom loved your Mom ❤ she was so happy when she found her after so many years. Childhood friends and life long friends. Our Mom Maureen "hart" Bouquet would be at the life celebration services but is currently in the hospital. All of Maureen's children knew your mom and we loved her. We are saddened to hear of her passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤

Posted by Theresa Naab - Family Friend   September 11, 2021

My condolences to all of the Keatings. I am sorry to learn of your mother's passing. My memory of her will be of a fun loving woman with an amazing wit. What a sense of humor she had! She brought such joy to those in her company. I shall miss her. May God welcome her into His heavenly kingdom. Let all of us give thanks to God for His gift of her life with us. Go with God, Mary. Safe home.

Posted by Alan O'Brien - Medford, MA - Friend   September 11, 2021

Sending support to the Keating and Ayotte families from Second Church in Newton. We know how much the strong family bonds mean at these times. Sincerely, Laura Foote

Posted by Laura Foote - West Newton, MA - Acquaintance   September 10, 2021

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Mary's family,
We are so sorry to hear about Mary's passing. One of our favorite's, she always made us laugh, such a lovely lady and fun person. She adored her children and grandchildren and spoke of all of you often while she was here for her visits. Prayers and hugs to all of you.
Fondly, Dr. Dweik, Bonnie and Hanna.

Posted by Bonnie Cormier - Waltham, MA - Friend   September 09, 2021

To the Keating family , I was so sorry to hear of your Mom passing. She was great lady, and fun to be around. She was a great friend to my sister Nora they spoke every day, she will be missed......may All ur wonderful memories stay with you forever.❤❤

Bob and Mary Ann
McGovern

Posted by Bob & Mary Ann McGovern - Waltham, MA - Friend   September 09, 2021

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Busty was so much fun to be around. Always a laugh always kind words. May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Betty Thompson - Nashua, NH - Friend   September 09, 2021


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Mrs. Keating with her favorite "grand-dog" - daughter Maureen's sweet Ginger