Mary Annette Laird

January 7, 1932December 8, 2018

Mary Nickerson Laird, 86, passed away on Saturday December 8. She grew up in Chatham on Main Street at the top of Andrew Hardings Lane, with parents Lucille and Ralph Nickerson in her grandfather Jessie’s home. Her love of the beach and Chatham was strong throughout her life of living across the United States with her husband Benjamin Laird, who passed away in 2007. Mary and Ben met in Boston while he was in seminary school and her training as a registered nurse. They resided in California, Alaska, Maine, Pennsylvania and returned to Chatham later in life where they built their unique octagon house with a treehouse walkway and lighthouse garage. After her retirement from nursing, Mary was an avid walker, walking all over Chatham and walking the Jimmy Fund Boston Marathon three times, the last time in her 70s. She was also an avid biker into her early 80s, participating in many events on Cape Cod and Rhode Island and her solo tour to Nova Scotia, Canada. Mary is survived by her brother, Gordon Nickerson residing in Costa Rica, her four children, Gerald, Timothy, Peter and Kathleen, 7 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mary Nickerson Laird, “In her new angel wings flys over the Earth – singing lustily with mirth, sending all her love to Kith and Kin above the Din!” Family services will be held at a later date.


Mary Annette Laird

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Dan Brown

December 14, 2018

As unfortunate as it was that she needed treatments, I was privileged to drive Mary for those treatments many times over the past few years. I will never forget how she faced her situation with grace, faith and humor. My sincere sympathies to her family...Dan Brown

Gordon Pratt

December 13, 2018

Mary was my classmate.. We were The Forty- Niners As I recall when we graduated in 1949 the class consisted of 24 members, 12 girls and 12 guys .. However, when I checked with Diana Nickerson Lapham there is only 3 and 3 left.... Pam Tuttle and Mary were great buddies in the 1940's... Courtland Kelly and I got caught playing strip poker with Mary and Pam in the barn behind the Tuttles House on Hallett Lane.. If we could only go back and visit those good old days...

My Condolences to all....