Fay Gertrude Snow, formerly of Mashpee, died December 25 at JML Care Center in Falmouth. She was 87.
Born and raised in Walpole, she graduated from Walpole High School and had briefly attended school in Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Snow had moved here more than 30 years ago so she could be near family. She worked for the Steamship Authority.
She previously lived in Medford, where she and her first husband, The Honorable James K. Kurker, former mayor, raised their family. As the “First Lady of Medford,” she worked with a committee led by Danny Thomas for American Lebanese, Syrian, Associated Charities, raising money and awareness for St. Jude Research Hospital for Children. Due to her efforts she was honored as a United States Woman of the Year.
Ms. Snow was known for her charitable nature and compassionate acceptance of all people, and opened her home to those who needed a meal or a place to stay, observing the words of Khalil Gibran, her favorite poet and writer: “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”
She later became a foster parent for the Mentor Program of Cape Cod, caring for many children.
She leaves four children and their spouses, Craig Kurker and Maryellen Kurker of Meriden, Connecticut, Lynn O’Hara and Selectman Tom O’Hara of Mashpee, Niki Mills, also of Mashpee, and Ronald Kurker and Iqbal Kurker of West Newton; her brother Milton Snow of Foxborough; as well as 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her brother Joe Snow; and by her son James J. Kurker, who died July 24.
A private burial service will be at a later date.
A celebration of her life is planned for spring, with details to be announced.