Catherine Agnes Boyle, a lifelong resident of Port Jervis, died Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, two days shy of her 91st birthday.
She was born November 11, 1926, in Port Jervis, the daughter of Agnes Marie Hennessey Boyle and Edward Sidney Boyle. She was a 1945 graduate of Port Jervis High School.
Her last conscious act was witnessed by the angelic hospital nurse at her bedside: She momentarily lifted her arms into the air, as if reaching up to the outstretched arms of her mother, or Saviour, or both.
Known as Kay, she was active for many years in the Altar & Rosary Society of the Church of the Most Sacred Heart in Port Jervis' West End, a parish church her paternal grandparents, James and Catherine Boyle, helped establish. She was a devoted aunt and friend to her eight nieces and nephews, and to her numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews, each of whom she loved with all her heart.
After her sister Rose's death at an early age, leaving six children aged 5 to 19, Kay devoted her life - and daily prayers - to their welfare. She helped bathe and dress them as their father worked double shifts to support the family, and along with her sister "Bink," enjoyed taking them on vacations, rejoicing in their accomplishments and generally spoiling them.
She was employed as a clerk for several companies in Port Jervis, notably Port Jervis Telephone, Metropolitan Life and William F. Carroll Insurance. She enjoyed trips with the American Association of Retired Persons and Port Jervis Senior Citizens.
In retirement, Kay attended daily Mass in the Church of the Most Sacred Heart - until the church was shuttered by the Archdiocese of New York. She then worshipped at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Port Jervis - until that church's elevator broke and the church became inaccessible to her. She attended Mass in her final years in Matamoras and Milford, Pa.
She is survived by her sister, Margaret Ann "Bink" Boyle; nephews Edward Leek and Thomas Leek; nieces Nancy Leek, Patti Lovelace and Mary Schumacher; her late nephews' widows: Alice Drew, Jonnie Woolsey and Gerda Leek; 15 great nieces and nephews; and nearly 20 great-great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her siblings Edward Francis Boyle, Rose Marie Leek, John James Boyle, Elizabeth Agnes Woolsey and William Joseph Boyle; her infant brothers Michael and Joseph; and her nephews, Robert Woolsey, Albert "Brud" Woolsey and John Jerry Leek.
Burial was on her birthday in St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Church of the Assumption, 211 Homestead Ave., Maybrook.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 89 Union St., Montgomery NY 12549.
Funeral arrangements were by Gray-Parker Funeral Home Inc., Port Jervis To send a condolence, visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.