Carolyn “Lynne” Elaine Perry


Carolyn “Lynne” Elaine Perry of Oak Bluffs died on Thursday, March 10, 2016. She was 55.

Lynne was born on January 13,1961 in Stoughton, the daughter of Edward A. and Mary F. Perry. She grew up in West Bridgewater. Her schooling consisted of several different educational programs: she attended Raynham Elementary School, the Oak Bluffs Elementary School and St. Colletta’s Day School in Braintree. Lynne also completed confirmation class and was confirmed at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brockton. After completing her schooling she went on to participate in an assisted work program in Brockton.

In 1984, Lynne moved to Martha’s Vineyard. In 1988 she joined Vineyard Support. Through the Vineyard Support program, Lynne held many jobs. She enjoyed her time cleaning at Chilmark Chocolates, filling pots at Donaroma’s, washing dishes at the Tisbury Inn Cafe and folding towels for the Island Inn and Katama Shore Condominiums.

Lynne enjoyed her independence walking through downtown Vineyard Haven, having lunch and going shopping. In later years, she also spent time at the Anchors. More than anything, Lynne enjoyed being at home. In 1998, Lynne moved into her own home where she received care and companionship from many housemates. Her last housemate of 12 years was Shelly Witcher, who she loved as a sister. Coloring and drawing were her favorite past times. She also loved her large doll collection and couldn’t have too many outfits or accessories for her “babies.” She also enjoyed crocheting hats and scarves.

Lynne looked forward to every holiday, her favorite being Christmas. She enjoyed a visit from Santa in December, which was the highlight of her year.

Lynne was predeceased by her father, Edward A. Perry. She leaves behind her mother Mary F. Perry of Edgartown; brother Robert E. Perry of Oak Bluffs and his wife Tammy; brother Daniel E. Perry of Oak Bluffs and his wife Lori; and sister Nancy Perry of Edgartown; six nephews; three nieces, three great nephews; three great nieces, her Aunt Shirley Battista, and her beloved Uncle David and Aunt Diane Perry of West Bridgewater.

Lynne also leaves behind an additional family she knew through Vineyard Support, Anchors, and Seven Hills. On behalf of Lynne’s family, a special thanks is extended for all the love, care and support that was given.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 6 – 8 pm in the Chapman, Cole, & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs.

A church service will be held on Thursday March 17 at 11 am at The First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 900 Main Street, Brockton MA 02301 followed by burial in the Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater. There will be a Reception Memorial celebrating Lynne’s life back at the church following.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Seven Hills Vineyard Support P.O. Box 1443, Vineyard, Haven MA 02568.