Lynnora “Lynn” Virginia Vecchione, formerly of Uxbridge, MA, passed away, surrounded by loved ones, on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the HopeHealth-McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich.
Born in Oden, Arkansas in 1922, to Jonah and Oda Balentine Maddox, Lynn was one of 9 siblings. (Oswell, James, Mamie, Norval, Charles, Joseph and Donald.) Her mom died in 1934 and then Jonah married Mora with whom he had two children. (Roger and Annette).
Lynn enlisted in the Navy (WAVES), in 1942 and served as a Ships Cook 1st Class while stationed at the Naval Air Station – Miami. She truly considered her time in the service as one of the finest experiences of her life. She cherished her memories and the friends she made while serving.
She married Samuel Vecchione in 1946. They lived in various parts of the country as they followed his career and had their children. Finally, settling in Douglas, MA, Lynn attended nursing school at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester and became a LPN. She worked at St. Vincent Hospital, Northborough Nursing Home, and at Grafton State Hospital. When they moved to Falmouth, she worked for 3 years at Barnstable County Hospital before working as a visiting nurse and later as a hospice nurse. She retired in 1978.
Lynn had many great passions in her life. Always active in the church she was a faithful parishioner of the Falmouth Baptist Church since 1970. She loved flying and received her private pilot’s license and learned to fly a Cessna 150. She helped Sam establish and build Falmouth’s first Seafood Sam’s, initially known as Sam’s Seafood Takeout. She loved golf and played at Woodbriar in Falmouth for years with a group of close friends, who helped her enjoy her outings even when her eyesight failed. And most of all, she loved her family. There was nothing that made Lynn happier than gathering her children and grandchildren around her table.
She is survived by her children, Samuel, Jr. of San Luis Obispo, CA, Richard and his wife Joyce of Hyannis Port, Deborah and her husband Dave Briggs of Sarasota, FL and Robin and his wife Janet of Mashpee. Additionally, Lynn had 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 pm in Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main St., Falmouth. Interment will be at 9:30am on Thursday, November 8th at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, followed by A Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 am at Falmouth Baptist Church, 60 Central Park Ct, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.