Veta C. (Foster) McAfee Mott, 86, of East Falmouth died May 2 at her home.
She was born in Boston to Constantine and Irene (Woodson) Foster, and grew up in the South End of Boston. She attended Girl’s High School in Roxbury.
She worked for Gillette Corporation in Boston and for Delta Corp. as a secretary, then became a case manager working for Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) in Roxbury. During her time at OIC, she was instrumental in helping hundreds of men and women get their lives back on track after struggling with addiction and incarceration.
She went back to school to earn a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, followed by a master’s in social work from Franconia College in New Hampshire. Combining her education with her love of helping others, she founded ADAPT, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Dorchester, where she dedicated her efforts to helping adults learn the necessary work skills to reenter society following their addiction and incarceration.
After leaving ADAPT, Inc., she became the director of the Plymouth County Welfare Department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until her retirement, which she spent on Cape Cod.
Ms. Mott loved to entertain, and she hosted many festive parties and summer barbecues. She was an avid reader, life-long learner, and loved to work out crossword puzzles and play Scrabble. She had also traveled extensively throughout the world until she became ill.
She had been an active member of Mashpee Baptist Church.
She leaves two sisters, Norma Andrews and Jan Engerman; her companion of 17 years, Roy Lee Trimble; six children, Charles E. McAfee, Patricia I. McAfee, William H. McAfee III, Veta M. Green, Shirley R. McAfee, and Kimberley A. Doherty; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and extended family.
She was predeceased by her sister Shirley Coleman.
Visiting hours will be Monday, May 20, from 10 AM to noon followed by a service at noon at Mashpee Baptist Church, 27 Great Neck Road North in Mashpee.
Burial will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.