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Wharton, Martha - Orleans  
Martha Coates Wharton (Pumphret) "Marcy", 77, a long-time resident of Chatham and Orleans, passed away July 11, 2015 after a brief illness. Marcy was born March 14,1938 in Cambridge, to Bradford B. Wharton and Dorothy Wharton. She grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut where she attended Roger Ludlow High School. She then attended Green Mountain college where she studied interior design. Later Marcy took a class in scrimshaw which showcased her artistic talents and led to her career and business Scrimshaw by Marcy. She became prolific in scrimshaw and needle point and pioneered the use of recycled piano keys in both areas. Marcy later taught scrimshaw and needle point locally and across the country. She is survived by her three daughters Betsy Ann Hunt (Richard), Karen Jean Warren (Dean) and Melinda Gribko-Reyes (David), three granddaughters Rachael Hunt, Kelly Cormier and Kate Cormier, a sister-in-law Carole Wharton and a longtime friend and traveling companion Donna Fiore. Marcy was loved by many and will be missed by all, especially by friends Marty, Jean and Carol, Cynthia, Dawn and Carol W. along with her cat Jingles. Calling hours will be held Wednesday July 15, 2015 from 5-8 PM at Nickerson Funeral Home 87 Crowell Rd. Chatham.. A funeral mass will be held at St Joan of Arc 68 Canal St., Orleans, Massachusetts July 16,2015 at 10 am and a gathering will follow at The 400 East Rt 39 E. Harwich. A private burial will follow. Donations may be made to Hospice of Cape Cod and the MSPCA in lieu of flowers. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com .
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Published in The Cape Codder from July 15 to July 24, 2015
Whitmore, Helen - Brewster  
Helen Pattison Whitmore, of Eastham, passed away at home on Monday, July 13, 2015, in the company of her loving family. Helen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Eva Pattison and Albert Alexander Boone. Helen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and completed Teacher Training at the University of British Columbia. Helen married Bruce Cecil Whitmore in 1955 and immigrated with him to the United States in 1958. Helen is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Bruce; her son Michael Whitmore, daughter-in-law Amy, grandsons Angus, Lawrie and Eamon, of Scituate, MA; her daughter Susan Whitmore, grandson Robert and granddaughter Greer, of Fairway, KS; her son David Whitmore, daughter-in-law Liz, granddaughter Grace and grandson Tanner, of Hood River, OR; and daughter Anne Hansen, son-in-law David and grandson Max, of Grand Isle, VT. Helen is also survived by her sister-in-law Lois Whitmore; nephew Wray Whitmore; niece Lacey Hoyland, niece Lee Switzer and her husband Shaune; and niece Kim Riley and her wife Janice, all of Canada. Helen was predeceased by her mother, Eva, who died when she was 11 years old, her father, Albert, and stepmother, Elsie; she is also predeceased by her mother-in-law Grace Whitmore, father-in-law Cecil Whitmore and brother-in-law Ian Whitmore. Helen worked as a junior high school teacher in Vancouver until she and Bruce moved to the United States and began their family. They settled in Bethlehem, PA and Helen devoted herself to the care of her four children. As a young woman in Bethlehem, Helen taught piano lessons and volunteered at the Southern Lehigh Public Library. Helen was a stalwart advocate, always, for social justice and dignified support for those in need. Helen strongly believed that compassion should always be coupled with action. After her children were in school, she worked with her dear friend Sue Cox to start a soup kitchen during the recession of the 1970s when a large number of Bethlehem Steel steelworkers lost their jobs. Helen advocated always that soup was not enough; it had to be good soup! When the church sponsoring the initiative was reluctant to host the homeless on church grounds, Helen and others took their soup to the street corner and served hungry peoplean event that received attention in the local press. The church reconsidered. The soup kitchen was in operation and served excellent soup and healthy meals in the church parish hall for many years. Helen also took her passion for compassionate action into a career in the health care field. She worked as a Cancer Care Coordinator at St. Lukes Hospital in Bethlehem for five years, serving as a liaison between doctors and patients and their families. The pioneering role Helen played in staying present with people during their illness and with families after a loved ones passing was transformative for many. She often received calls in the middle of the night and never hesitated to rush to the side of a patient or family in need. Helen and Bruce moved to Cape Cod when they retired in 1995 and made Eastham their home. In Eastham, Helen volunteered with the Eastham Committee on Early Childhood, Eastham Library and Friends of 1651 Forest. She was an active member of the Eastham Council on Aging Humanities Group. Every summer for 20 years, Helens whole family has gathered at the house on the salt marsh near First Encounter Beach to be with Helen and Bruce. The family enjoyed many delicious meals and celebrations together. Helen was an exquisite cook and her chocolate cake was legendary. She enjoyed playing dominoes and always played to WIN. Bruce and Helen completed the New York Times crossword puzzle every day and many spirited discussions took place regarding the accuracy of each others work. Her enjoyment of literature defined her experience in life, as did her exploration of Buddhism and her journey to understanding the many mysteries of life. Helens family wishes to express sincere gratitude for the support and love of the many friends here on the Cape who helped make Helen and Bruces retired life a happy one. We are especially grateful to the friends who helped see them through Helens eight-year journey with ovarian cancer by providing their constant love, companionship and support. The family would also like to express sincere gratitude to Emerald Physicians Providers, Hope Hospice, Pleasant Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital, and all the doctors, nurses, physical therapists and nurse assistants who work so lovingly and diligently in the oncology, rehab and hospice fields. A Celebration of Life for Helen is being planned for this fall. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be sent to the Lower Cape Outreach Council, P.O. Box 665, Orleans, MA 02653 (www. koutreach.org/donate/doh . htm). There will be many things we miss about Helen, but all that she taught us about love, compassion and action lives on in us all.
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