Deborah Olmsted

Deborah Ann Olmsted of East Falmouth, who with her husband ran West Falmouth Veterinary Clinic for many years, died June 4. She was 63.

Formerly of West Hartford, Connecticut, she graduated from Northwest Catholic High School with the Class of 1974. She continued her education at Niagara University, graduating in 1978.

Ms. Olmsted worked as a critical care nurse in Boston and Hartford before moving to the Cape.

In addition to working with her husband, Dr. Gordon M. Olmsted, at their veterinary practice, she served as a community volunteer. She donated her time to organizations including Big Brother Big Sister, the Falmouth Service Center, and Emerson House.

She was an equestrian and loved animals; she currently had five dogs: Regina, Flossie, Bubs, Leo and Arya. She also enjoyed gardening and cooking.

In addition to her husband, she leaves four children, Scott, Emily, Alexandra and Jennifer Olmsted; five siblings, Jack Flaherty, Rick Flaherty, Michael Flaherty, Michele McCarthy and Nancy Tehan; and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Phyliss Flaherty. 

A celebration of her life will be Saturday, June 8, at the McCarthy residence, 22 Bowman Lane, West Falmouth, between 1 and 4 PM, with a memorial service beginning at 2:30. Limited parking is available at the residence and in the back parking lot of West Falmouth Square. Attendees are encouraged to bring a single flower to share for the ceremony.

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