Longtime Falmouth resident Lelia McNamara Love died Tuesday, September 1 at the age of 88. She was the wife of the late Robert T. Love who passed away in 2008.
The daughter of the late Dr. John and Mrs. Lelia McNamara she was born and raised in Taunton. Before marriage Lelia earned a degree in English from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.
She taught elementary school in Taunton and in Wellesley before moving to Falmouth where she was a long-time employee of the Falmouth Public Library.
She loved her life in Falmouth and especially enjoyed swimming in Nantucket Sound so long as the season endured. When the weather forced her indoors she enjoyed rousing games of bridge with family and friends. A longtime member of the Falmouth Library Book Club Lelia was a well read and opinionated intellectual. Her petite stature and demure sweet smile would often belie her strong personality and rapier wit. She enjoyed a healthy debate so long as she was the victor. Lelia was also well known for her impeccable sense of fashion exercised at local boutiques where she shopped with abandon for stylish clothes and accessories.
She was a communicant of the St. Patrick Parish in Falmouth.
Her family extends heartfelt thanks to Fidelis Hospice and the Royal Falmouth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with particular gratitude toward Royal’s third floor staff who cared for Lelia with compassion and enabled her to pass with dignity and grace.
Lelia is survived by her two beloved children, a son Rob Love and daughter Allison Kennedy and her husband Stephen Kennedy of Falmouth; three grandsons Sean Lynch, John Lynch and Skyler Kennedy of Falmouth; a granddaughter Jennifer Peters and her husband Steven Peters of Mashpee; and one great-grandson Russell Peters III of Mashpee. She also leaves her dear cousin John Leddy and his wife Kaye of North Falmouth.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 12 at 10 am in St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth MA. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Royal Falmouth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Resident’s Sunshine Fund, 545 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540 or the Fidelis Hospice Foundation, 25 Railroad Square, Suite 501, Haverhill, MA 01832.