Jeanne O. (Walsh) Dumas, 87, of Quincy passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Mashpee.
She was born March 13, 1932 in South Boston, to John J. Walsh and Jeanne (Wauters) Walsh and later moved to Dorchester until her marriage. Jeanne met her husband, Maury, in Quonset Point, RI, when he was studying to be a Navy aerographer in 1954. Stationed in Port Lyautey, French Morocco, soon after they married in March 1955; this was the first of many moves Jeanne would manage as a Coast Guard officer’s wife. Over the following years, Jeanne made their home in Dorchester, South Weymouth, Bowie, MD, Alameda, CA, New Orleans, and Quincy.
Jeanne’s hospitality was legendary. In her home there was always “room for one more.” She was never happier than when her home was filled with family and friends and she was acting as tour guide to the cities and sites she loved, especially Boston. Jeanne was a very proud Bostonian!
Jeanne loved to read, always won at cards, and enjoyed a lucky day at the casino. She had a passion for history and education. She worked for over a decade as a park ranger and interpreter with the National Park Service at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Longfellow Historic Site in Cambridge, The Kennedy Birthplace and the Frederick Law Olmsted Sites in Brookline.
Jeanne pursued education her entire life earning a teaching degree from Bridgewater University, a certificate in electronics from the Franklin Institute of Boston and earning a Masters degree in adult education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Jeanne survived her husband, Maurice R. Dumas, of 62 years. She was a loving and proud mother of six children, Marie (John Felicetti) of New Rochelle, NY, Steven (Carol) of Quincy, Amy of Bridgewater, Jennifer of Assonet, Janine (Paul) Donovan of Falmouth, and John (Jennifer) of Brockton. She will be fondly remembered by her 8 grandchildren, Sarah, Michelle, Amanda, Evan, Jakob, Jack, Julianna, and Max. She will be missed by her family, Andre and Sandra Dumas of Ballston Spa and Eileen Dumas of Glennville, NY, and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visiting hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, Bourne. A funeral service will be held there at noon Monday.
Interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.