Mary O. Wallace, wife of the late Allen E. Wallace Jr., died  on Jan. 26, surrounded by her  family in her home. She was 86.

Born on Dec. 26, 1928 in Westport and raised in Norwalk, Mrs. Wallace was the daughter of Michael and Margaret O’Brien. After attending Norwalk schools she worked at the Norwalk Hat Corporation before getting married on May 30, 1955. Over the years, Mrs. Wallace also worked in the Norwalk school system, the U.S. Postal Service and at the Norwalk Senior Center. Mrs. Wallace was recognized for her dedication as a volunteer at the Darien Senior Center and later on she enjoyed attending and participating in the luncheons, sing-a-longs, special programs and especially the epic bingo sessions.

Mrs. Wallace was predeceased by her brother, Michael, and her sister, Gloria. She is survived by her four children, Allen and his wife Maureen Wallace of Fairfield, Patricia Wallace of Norwalk, Mary and her husband James Tucciarone of Wilton, and William Wallace of Darien. Mary also leaves behind a legacy in her cherished grandchildren, Meghan and Kelly Wallace and James, Willie and Thomas Tucciarone.

Growing up the Wallace house was the go-to place for sleep-overs, late night pizza or last minute dinner invitations. A loving mother and grandmother, she always put the needs of her family first. Being with family and friends and having a nice cup of tea was heaven for her. She loved to watch game shows, sports and old movies. Mrs. Wallace regularly attended the Darien Senior Center where she had many friends who enjoyed her wit and love of all things sparkly and bright, her family said.

Mrs. Wallace loved to meet people and to be with people. Her easy-going spirit, infectious sense of humor and generous heart is why people gravitated to her and loved being around her, her family said. As a devout Christian woman, Mrs. Wallace generously shared what she had without hesitation and always with a smile.

The Wallace family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the caregivers for their love and compassion, especially Dr. Negus, Nancy Schaffer and Ana Arias. Mrs. Wallace will be missed deeply by all who had the pleasure of knowing her, her family said.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at St. John R. C. Church, 1989 Post Road, Darien. Burial followed at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.

Memorial donations may be made to the Darien Senior Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien, CT 06820 or to the Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 765 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604 in Mrs. Wallace’s name.