Peggy J. Furey, 70

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FALMOUTH — Peggy Janiece (Tate) Furey, 70, died peacefully March 28 in Orlando, Fla.

She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 22, 1941, a daughter of Betty and U.L. Tate. The family moved to Jonesboro, Ark., in 1944, where she attended local schools.

After she graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1959, she attended Arkansas State University.

In 1962 she moved to Memphis, Tenn., where she worked for Union Planters Bank, and met her future husband, U.S. Navy fighter pilot Lt. Vincent E. Furey, Jr. 

In 1963 she became a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines, which enabled her to visit Vincent at his various deployments.  

They were married on Aug. 14, 1965, in Memphis, Tenn., and later moved to the Philadelphia area while Vincent completed his MBA at The Wharton School.   

They eventually settled in Cherry Hill, N.J. where she focused on raising their family of three children, Stephanie, Vincent III, and Kristen.  

In 1988 they relocated to Yarmouth, where she developed many deep friendships and enjoyed helping others by volunteering at The Center for Grieving Children, the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the University of New England.  

For 22 years she was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth.

A dedicated, loving wife and an incredible mother, she touched many lives in positive ways and will be greatly missed.

Her daughter Stephanie predeceased her, and her parents, Betty and U.L. Tate.  

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Vincent E. Furey Jr.; her son Vincent E. Furey, III, and Miriam of Winter Park, Fla., and her daughter Kristin F. Graffam and Ward Jr., of Falmouth; five grandchildren who loved her dearly, Lillian, Wynn, Eleanor, Isabelle and Amelia; sister Wanda Berry of Jonesboro, Ark., and brother Terry Tate of Houston, Texas; nieces and nephews; extended family; and loving friends.

Memorial visitation will be held at Jones, Rich, & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, on Monday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.  A Catholic Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, on Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth.  

Memorial donations may be made to The Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101, or online at

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