Mary E. (Turner) Tansey of Falmouth, who had worked in the production department at the Enterprise, died on September 16. She was 99.

She was the widow of James C. Tansey.

Born in Waterville, Kansas, she graduated from Waterville High School and attended Kansas State University before being stationed in Boston to serve in the US Coast Guard during World War II. Her duties were working as a linotype operator and secretary with the USCG Women’s Reserve.

She married and settled in the Boston area to raise her family and later retired to Cape Cod. For the last 25 years, she lived with her daughter, Marie E. Tansey, in Falmouth.

Ms. Tansey worked in the newspaper business first as a copy editor, but ultimately as a linotype operator, a skill that she acquired while working at a family newspaper in Waterville. She used her skills from 1972 through 1976 in the composing room at Transcript Newspapers in Dedham, where she was the first woman to operate the linotype. While working at the Enterprise during the late 1980s and early 1990s, she mastered PageMaker for the Mac when the industry moved to a computer platform.

She and her husband moved to North Falmouth after living in Dedham for many years. Her husband died in 1991.

Ms. Tansey was a devout Catholic, and an active member of her church. She was an altar server, a prayer group member and a St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteer who arranged emergency relief for those in need. Some of her most memorable trips were pilgrimages to Lourdes, Fatima, Assisi, Medjugorje, Jerusalem and Rome.

She leaves her children, Marie E. Tansey of Falmouth, Cecilia M. Frazier and her husband, George Frazier, of Medfield, James C. Tansey and his wife, Lynne Tansey, of Falmouth; her grandchildren, Jacquelyn Wightman, Geoff Frazier, Keisha Rodrigues and Paul Rodrigues; several great-grandchilren, Colin Wightman, Paul Averett, Clay Frazier and Saige Frazier; a brother, Terry Turner; and many nieces and nephews and other extended family.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughters Anne C. Tansey and Patricia L. Rodrigues; and her brother Bud Turner.

A funeral Mass took place on Wednesday, September 22, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in North Falmouth.

Burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery will take place at a later date.

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