September 1936 – June 2019
“Love one another as I have loved you” John 13:34
In memory of our amazing mother:
Dear Mom, you were loving, generous, compassionate, strong, patient, pragmatic, spiritual, unassuming and intelligent. You were often reserved and modest, yet playful and adventurous; you loved learning, traveling, and trying new things.
You met life’s challenges with strength and wisdom. You had poise and grace and you greeted the world with a smile regardless of the burdens you carried. You never complained, though you experienced great loss and hardship. You offered your time and talents to those in need and freely gave of yourself. You helped family, friends, acquaintances and strangers through their darkest hours. You cared for the living and the dying. Using your mind and will, you overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges. You wrote to us, “I never feared life, and I don’t fear death”.
You studied human nature, and you were a great listener and font of deep wisdom and understanding. People trusted and confided in you. You taught us that “It doesn’t matter how many friends you have, what is important is true friendship. A friend is the person you can call at 3:00 a.m. without hesitation.” You were a true, steadfast and compassionate friend. You taught us to lead by example and said “actions speak louder than words”. You set an example that we all strive to follow.
You will be remembered by many for your dedication as a registered nurse with the Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod, your participation in the Catholic Nurses Association, and your volunteerism with Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church, the Samaritans of Cape Cod and Meals on Wheels. But we will remember you as the best Mom.
You preferred the simple life surrounded by your loving family. You always said you wanted a large family. Your legacy lives on in your 8 children, 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren with another on the way. You remained true to Dad, Hervey Richard Lemay, and said that “he was the only man I would ever love” and that your faith sustained you after his death. We are comforted in the belief that you are reunited in love.
Each of us admires and loves you. We will cherish our memories of you, and we will cherish and love one another as you taught us.
Your loving children,
Curt, Joe, Eileen, Jacqui, Chris, Michelle, Christine and Andrea
Christine M. Lemay entered into eternal rest on June 3, 2019 after a long illness. Christine was born in 1936 in Worcester, MA to Irish immigrant parents and was proud of her Irish Heritage. Nursing was her calling, and she made her future husband, Hervey R. Lemay, wait two years before marrying him until she earned her nursing degree. She and her husband were stationed in the Pacific while he served in the U.S. Air Force, and they ultimately settled in Falmouth, MA. After her husband’s death in 1976, and while raising 8 children on her own, she returned to college and earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (formerly SMU). She was dedicated to serving others through her nursing with the Visiting Nurses Association in Falmouth, and her volunteer activities at Saint Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, the Samaritans and Meals on Wheels. She is preceded in death by her parents, Emma and Christopher Flynn; her husband, Hervey; her beloved siblings Eileen (Arthur) Rafferty, Paul Flynn, and Edward (Patricia) Flynn. She is survived by her beloved brother Richard (Catherine) Flynn; Hervey’s beloved sisters Eleanor (Michael) and Loretta; her 8 beloved children: Curt, Joe, Eileen (Tony), Jacqui (Matt), Chris (Cathy), Michelle (Josh), Christine (Mike) and Andrea (Gibbs); her 13 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren with another on the way; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Saturday June 8th from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Chapman, Cole and Gleason, 584 West Falmouth Hwy (Route 28A), West Falmouth, followed by the Funeral Mass at Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 511 Main St., Falmouth, at 11:30 a.m., and burial at Saint Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, 167 E. Falmouth Hwy (Route 28). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Christine M. Lemay to the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands payable to The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands, P.O. Box 65, Falmouth MA 02541 or Meals on Wheels payable to Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc., 68 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660 and on the memo line write “to Meals on Wheels in memory of Christine M. Lemay”.