She descends from early California pioneers of San Benito County and San Jose. Mary was a straight A student at San Benito High School and played the piano in the school orchestra. She graduated from high school in June of 1940 with a scholarship in Physics. The next day, Mary and Joe eloped to Reno NV and married on June 15 1940. They were married for 60 years.
Mary worked for many years as a retail clerk in King City at Carl’s Market, K&S Market in Hollister and Paicines Store.
She loved deer hunting; sewing; genealogy; gardening and playing Pedro. In May of 2017 she had a manuscript published titled “Mary of Mulberry”.
Mary is survived by five children: Eugene, Elizabeth, John, Janet, Dan; 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.
She is survived by her sister, Joan Destefanis of Hollister, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by husband Joe Mattos; parents, Lloyd & Myrtle Waters; sisters Sarah Schmidt and Martha Waters and great grandson Nick Wood.