Dorothy J. Jayes

Dorothy Jane (Sulesky) Jayes, 85, of Mashpee and Marco Island, Florida, died on June 2 at her home after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

She leaves her husband of 62 years, Robert L. Jayes.

Ms. Jayes was born in Medford. She received her diploma from Somerville High School in 1946. In 1950, she graduated cum laude with a degree in biology from Emmanuel College. 

After college, she worked at Tufts Medical School. Later she enjoyed being at home and caring for her eight children.

At the age of 50, she enrolled in Northern Essex Community College and became a registered nurse. She worked at St. John’s Hospital in Lowell and Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. 

Ms. Jayes lived in Norwood, Camillus, New York,  Exton, Pennsylvania, and Andover before retiring to Mashpee. She also spent winters on Marco Island, Florida. 

She was an active parishioner at both Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee and the San Marco Parish on Marco Island. Ms. Jayes also was an active volunteer, working at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop, Christ the King Parish Nurses, and the Marco Island Florida Urgent Care Center. She also was a Columbiette at San Marco Parish.

In addition to her husband, Ms. Jayes leaves her children, Diane Shultz and her husband, Rich Shultz, of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, Eileen Lee and her husband, Dr. Ben Lee, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, Dr. Robert L. Jayes and his wife, Ginny Jayes, of Washington, DC, Christopher D. Jayes and his wife, Jane Gray, of Louisville, Kentucky, Mary Keally and her husband, Taber Keally, of Milton, Janice Lee Jayes of Champaign, Illinois, and Kathleen Jayes and her husband, Topper Rimel, of Brooklyn, New York. She also leaves 23 grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ruth and Ed Sulesky; her brother, Edward Sulesky; and her son, Michael Edward Jayes.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 6, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue, Mashpee.

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 7, at 10:30 AM at Parish of Christ the King, 3 Job’s Fishing Road, Mashpee.

Burial will be held at Milton Cemetery on Monday, June 9.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ms. Jayes’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Christ the King Parish, PO Box 1800, Mashpee MA, 02649; Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at support.pdf.org; or Emmanuel College c/o Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115.

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