Grace Talmage,96, passed away peacefully on January 9 at the Royal Cotuit Nursing Home in Mashpee, MA. Born in Kearney, New Jersey she lived in Philadelphia, Florida and East Orleans. Grace moved to Mashpee in 1994 with daughter Lisa who predeceased her in death. Grace lived quietly the past several years attended by loving caregivers.
Predeceased by husband George in 1990 and brother Jack Crown in 2018 she is survived by sister Celeste Bryne of Kearney, New Jersey, son Richard Talmage of Mashpee, MA, daughter Jayne Talmage O’Farrell and son-in-law Timothy O’Farrell of Duxbury, MA, grandson Colin O’Farrell of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, nieces, nephews and extended family as well as close friends Lorraine and Bob Anderson, Kim and Marco Herrera and Joan Ashton of Mashpee, MA.
With George, Grace owned a travel agency in Philadelphia hosting thousands of travelers on international and domestic journeys. They were the first sponsors of cruise ships into the Port of Philadelphia and founders of the National Tour Brokers Association. Grace published tour guides, established a travel agent school and “in retirement” built a Cape Cod website business for the wedding industry. Grace was a founder of the Mashpee Women’s Club and served as a Mashpee Library Trustee during its capital planning phase. Grace’s event planning and networking skills were legendary.
Grace and George married in San Francisco in 1946 upon his return from the Pacific as editor of the Army’s “Stars and Stripes”. At that time, Grace was a Navy teletype operator and sequestered with others about the end of WWII before the US announcement. Their honeymoon was a cross-country train trip back to the east coast.
For donations in Grace’s memory, a “Memorial Garden Fund” has been established at Royal Cotuit, 161 Falmouth Road, Mashpee, MA 02649.
A Mass will be celebrated on January 17 at 11:30AM, Our Lady of Assumption Church, 76 Wianno Avenue, Osterville, MA. The family will receive visitors at the Church starting at 11AM. Burial is private in East Orleans.