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“My heartfelt sympathy to all of Doris's family during this difficult time. I spent many years growing up with the Pickerings and have wonderful...Read More »
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Three grand ladies! “Doris was a very special lady. June and I are glad we got to visit last month. Prayers for you all from Minnesota. ”
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Weston – Mrs. M. Doris (Mason) Pickering, of Weston, formerly of Watertown, died Friday August 9, 2019 in her home. She was 96.

Born in Boston on September 6, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Anna (Pohl) Mason. Raised and educated in South Boston, she graduated from the local high school, on Telegraph Hill in Dorchester Heights, in 1940.

Doris' first job after graduating was as a secretary at Northern Manufacturing. She also worked for a time at Harvard University. On June 27, 1948 she married George E. Pickering and soon after the couple moved to Watertown where they raised their family.

She was a full time wife and mother for most of her life . . . a job she loved and was really good at. Doris stayed involved in all of the kids activities, PTA's at school and fundraising efforts.

After raising her family, she returned to work in service to the town she called home for a half-century, as a secretary at the Watertown Housing Authority, retiring in 1987.

Doris loved celebrating Christmas by hosting at her home on Columbia Street in Watertown, and Labor Day celebrations with her family at their summer cottage on Lake Boone in Stow.

She leaves her children, Judith A. Dodge (John) of Acton, Cynthia J. 'Candi' Aulenbach (Wayne) of Watertown, Patricia J. Koehler (Christopher) of Dennis, Kathryn M. Harrington (Kevin) and David G. Pickering (Amanda), all of Raleigh, North Carolina; her grandchildren, Shawn Aulenbach (Linda), Jeffrey Dodge (Ines), Michael Dodge (Emma), Timothy Harrington (Chelsea), Kimberly Matthews (Sean), Leslie O'Keefe (Michael), Scott Koehler (Cassandra), Bryan Koehler (Emily) and Kerri Mayone (Michael); her great-grandchildren, Connor Aulenbach, Maya, Isabelle, Jonathan, Jacob and Abigail Dodge, Gabriel Harrington, Lucas, Jackson and Aubrie O'Keefe and Joseph Mayone; her brother-in-law, Robert Shields of South Boston and several nieces, nephews and their families.

Doris was also a sister of the late Walter Mason, Madeline Devlin, and Jean Shields.

Family and friends will honor and remember Doris's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Saturday, September 7th, from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by her funeral service at 4 p.m.

Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne will be on Monday, September 9th at 11:30 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Community Hospice, 90 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459.