Kay F. Leary, 82, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Born in Thomaston July 11, 1935, she was one of 12 children born to Walter Sr. and Leone Courier Butler. She was educated locally, graduating from Thomaston High School in 1954. Following high school, Kay enlisted in the Army. During her service, she was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Serving for two years, she was honorably discharged and returned home to her beloved Midcoast Maine.

Once home, her sisters took her with them to a high school dance so she could meet the handsome Mr. Leary, a new teacher at Thomaston High School. Their introduction was brief, and he almost walked away, but Frank Leary recalls that something made him go back and ask her out on a date, a turning point in his life that he remembers to this day. Two short months later, the couple were married in December of 1956. Together they made their home in Rockland for a short while before moving to Warren. They eventually purchased their forever home in Warren, where they have resided together ever since.

When her children came along, Kay stopped working to stay home and raise them. She was always active in their lives. As they grew and went out on their own, Kay returned to the workforce. Along with her sister Margaret, from whom she was inseparable, Kay worked as a housekeeper and family caregiver for Mrs. Virginia Larson. Formore than 10 years, "the two," as they were known by family, cared for the Larson family as if they were their own. Later they worked at the Samoset Resort on the housekeeping staff. Kay also held employment with the Camden Water Co. and Bicknell Manufacturing.

Kay had a heart for caring for others that went well beyond her knack for impeccable housekeeping. She was happiest when she was doing something for someone else. Over the years, she was the sole caregiver for her own parents, her grandparents, her mother-in-law and her brother.

One of her favorite pastimes was going to the beach. Her children remember spending every day at Sandy Shores when they were young. She loved sitting with her family and soaking up the sun.

She was an accomplished knitter and enjoyed crocheting as well. She made it a priority to teach each one of her children and grandchildren. Some of them took to it more naturally than others. Although she didn’t watch much TV, she never missed a "M.A.S.H." rerun. Since 1976, Kay has been an active member of the Second Congregational Church in Warren.

Above all else, Kay’s number-one priority was her family. She was fiercely loyal to them and loved nothing more than family gatherings and time spent together. In her last days, Kay’s legacy showed through in her two granddaughters, Emylee and Margo. Following in their grandmother's footsteps, they were by her side every minute, giving her impeccable and loving care. Her family is extremely grateful for their love and companionship.

Kay is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Francis "Frank" Leary, of Warren; her children, Patrick Leary and his wife, Denise, Peter Leary and his wife, Kimberly, all of Thomaston, Stephanie Leary-Pendleton and her husband, Jeff, of Warren; her siblings, Howard Stetson of Warren, Audrey Downs of Portsmouth, N.H., Margaret Damewood of Warren, Pauline Wright of Bradford, Mass.; her grandchildren, Cody Castaneda and his wife, Candace, Desireé Leary, Emylee Leary, Kaysee Leary, Amanda Pendleton, Margo Pendleton, Kaleb Pendleton; her great-grandchildren, Izzabelle, Noah and Joseph; a brother-in-law, Peter Asta-Ferrero; as well as many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.

She was predeceased by a son, Matthew Leary, in 1972; as well as her siblings and their spouses, Harold Stetson, Oswald Stetson, Helen Stetson, Kenneth Stetson, Walter Butler and his wife, Martha, Helen Gagnon, Elizabeth Noyes, Theodore Downs, James Damewood, Waneta Asta-Ferrero and Forrest Wright.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 2 to 4 p.m. with a time of sharing led by the Rev. Andy Stinson at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A reception will follow at the Second Congregational Church of Warren, 252 Main St., Warren.

Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Second Congregational Church of Warren.

To share a memory or condolence with the Leary family visit their book of memories at bchfh.com.