Christine Mary Lemay of Falmouth, who had been a registered nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, died June 3 after a long illness. Ms. Lemay, 82, had raised eight young children on her own when she was widowed in 1976.
She was born in Worcester, the daughter of Emma and Christopher Flynn, who were Irish immigrants.
After she earned her nursing degree, she married Hervey Richard Lemay. She and her husband were stationed in the Pacific while he served in the US Air Force. From 1957 to 1965 the Lemays were at Otis Air Force Base in Bourne, and upon her husband's retirement from the military in 1973, the family settled permanently in Falmouth.
In March 1976 her husband died at the age of 41.
While raising her children, she returned to college and earned a bachelor of science degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University (UMass Dartmouth since 1991).
Ms. Lemay served others through her nursing with the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod and her participation in the Catholic Nurses Association, as well as her volunteer activities at St. Anthony’s Church, with The Samaritans of Cape Cod and for Meals on Wheels.
She leaves her eight children, Curtis, H. Joseph, Eileen, Jacqueline, Christopher, Michelle, Christine and Andrea; 13 grandchildren; a brother, Richard Flynn; and extended family.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Eileen Rafferty, Paul Flynn and Edward Flynn.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 8, from 9:30 to 11 AM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Highway.
Following visitation, at 11:30 a funeral Mass will be said at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street in Falmouth.
Burial will be at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.