Mary was born in Newport.
She was the daughter of the late Francis and Margaret (Furey) Buckley.
Mary worked for many years in the Rhode Island boating industry in the employment of Bristol Yachts and then for Tillotson, Pearson, Inc. for many years. There she made her mark as one of affability, keen intelligence, and attention to detail, hard work and discipline.
She was a wonderful cook and homemaker.
Her grandchildren pined for her delicious Italian sauce at every opportunity. She had a good sense of humor and bred laughter from her many mishaps. She loved to play cards with her friends and selflessly offered help to them when needed. Mary was served well late in life by her loyal friends. She was the wife of the late Louis Sousa.
Mary leaves her children Louis A. Sousa of Bristol, David J. Sousa of Tacoma, Wash., and Joseph E. Sousa of Parkland, Fla.
She was the sister of William F. Buckley of Wakefield, and David Buckley of Fla.
Her passing was preceded by that of her brother Paul Buckley of Providence, Patricia Castigliego and her twin Nancy Gomes each of whom lived in Connecticut.
She was the beloved grandmother of Emily, Marguerite, Matthew, Jared, Quinn and Christopher Sousa and the late Victoria Sousa.
Family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 10 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Smith Funeral and Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road in Warren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church in Bristol.
Burial will follow in the North Burial Ground in Bristol.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Victoria Fund, c/o 5 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02904.
Remembrances may be viewed and posted at Wjsmithfh.com.