Shirley M. Pecue, formerly of East Falmouth, died October 29 after a period of failing health. She was 93.
She grew up in Burlington, Vermont. Following her graduation in 1945 from Burlington High School, Ms. Pecue worked as a bookkeeper for F.J. Preston & Sons Jewelers in Burlington prior to moving to Massachusetts.
She then embarked upon a long career with New England Telephone and Telegraph Company—later, Verizon—in Boston, commuting from Falmouth for the last few years. She enjoyed her work as a programmer, systems analyst and staff manager until her retirement in 1986.
Ms. Pecue began volunteering at Falmouth Hospital in 1989 and was recognized as Volunteer of the Month in July 2005. The article in the Enterprise noted that she had logged more than 1,550 hours, working in the emergency department and with ambulatory care; she also handled the patients' book cart and, for the most recent two years, had been in quality management, performing data entry.
“The function of data entry is extremely important to the department, the hospital and the health care system and it takes a special person to be interested and proficient in doing it,” and “Shirley is our special person and we enjoy having her work with us,” were among the comments from her department.
As a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in East Falmouth, Ms. Pecue kept active in the church community.
She leaves a niece, Joy L. Pecue of Warwick, Rhode Island.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Clayton L. Pecue and Dorothy P. MacKee.
A funeral Mass will be said on Thursday, November 5, at 10 AM at St. Anthony's Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.
Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery will follow the service.