Sarah Lee Curley

January 17, 1958June 30, 2018

Wellfleet: On June 30 as an evening shooting star streaked overhead, Sarah Lee Paine Curley passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer. Sarah was born at Cape Cod Hospital in 1958, a thirteenth generation Cape Codder, and the third child of seven of the late Robert and Cynthia Paine. She attended schools in Raymond, New Hampshire, and later graduated from Northfield Mt. Hermon School in 1975, spending her summers in Wellfleet working at her parent's campground. Her dream to be a fashion designer brought her to Chamberlain College in Boston. She created a line of fashion there but ended her education to open a fabric store in Wellfleet called the Cotton Field Connection. In 1979, she married Stephen Curley, and they started a family.

Sarah was an active community member since her first two boys, Ryan (1984) and Dustin (1985), were quite young and she coached their soccer team while running her fabric store and helping out with her husband Steve’s business, Nauset Carpenters. She became a Cub Scout leader and then a Boy Scout leader while operating her business The Furies Cleaning Services which she built up and after thirty years sold in 2016. Most recently she served as co-president for the Business and Professional Women of Lower Cape Cod. Sarah served on the Finance Committee for the Town of Wellfleet, and also lent her considerable talents to the board of the Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce. In 1999, Sarah graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from UMass Dartmouth at the top of her class and gave the valedictory speech while pregnant with her third child, Colin. Colin (2000) allowed her to once again turn to the land of wonder that young children bring with them, and she continued to be a scout leader, trekker, kayaker, ice skater and skier just as she thought those years might be winding down as her older boys were on their way. Sarah was proud to see her son Colin become an Eagle Scout in January, and the Nauset Regional School System was very kind in producing a home graduation ceremony for Colin this June so Sarah could watch him receive his high school diploma.

Sarah’s hands were always busy. She was an excellent seamstress and knitter, writer, guitar player, and flutist. Her energy was boundless, and she woke up every morning at 5:00 AM to work, but at the end of the day she enjoyed going out to hear music and dance after a hard day’s work. She loved to sing karaoke, and she could really belt it out. She and her husband Steve enjoyed their second home on Perkins Pond, in Sunapee, New Hampshire, where she enjoyed friends, family, neighbors and relaxing on the lake.

Sarah is survived by her husband, her three sons and her six siblings: Irene Paine of Yarmouth Port, MA, Robert Paine of S. Wellfleet, MA, Naomi Paine of Carolina Beach, NC, Amy Paine of Truro, MA, William Paine of San Rafael, CA, and Evelyn Paine of Yarmouth Port, MA. She has dozens of nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Memorial donations can be made in her name to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation ( which she actively supported in the hope that future generations will not have to suffer as her boys have. Visiting hours will be at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Parkway, Orleans, on Thursday, July 5 from 3 PM to 8 PM. A private family burial service will be held Friday morning in South Wellfleet. A Celebration of Life will occur at a later date, to be announced.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018

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Bill Carangelo

January 15, 2019

Bill Carangelo: so sorry for the loss

Pamela Latimer

July 23, 2018

I am thankful for the small amount of time I was able to share with Sarah and for knowing many of the Paine family.
Sarah was always a happy light when she came to our office.
She was a testament to "what you put into life, you get out of it", and she leaves behind a wonderful legacy of her love thru her children.
Sending love to all of you. Pamela G. Latimer, DC

Joan Douglas

July 8, 2018

I will always remember Sarah for her kind ways. Whenever she came into the South Wellfleet Post Office she was always smiling. I remember when her sons were little and how cute they were. My sympathy to her husband and sons and I hope that all the memories you shared help you through this sad time. Thinking of you all. Joan

Donna DeVasto

July 7, 2018

I loved Sarah, her enthusiasm for community, love of Wellfleet, her boys and husband . We did Boy Scouts together. I admire her strong spirit that fought for a long time . Her smile and character. I’ll miss you Sarah! I know that your shining in the heavens free once again!
Love Donna ❤️❤️😇😇😘😘🌸🌸

Kemea Thompson

July 5, 2018

Sarah was one of our very best mom's while Colin was in our family childcare program in Eastham so many years ago.. He had a perfectly packed bag every visit and a lunch that was just amazing!!!
She would greet him at pick-up time with a huge smile... every single day. What a beautiful person, kind, thoughtful and one of the most loving mothers we have ever met.
Our daughter enjoyed her summer job later in life as a housekeeper from Furies. She still talks about how much she learned during those summer days. Our daughter said she is much more organized in her adult life from that very structured and wildly busy job. What a wonderful opportunity she had received while working for Sarah. "Such a great boss, ".
And lastly, the entire family of the Paines/Curley are a gift to our community on the Cape and elsewhere. To know one is a treasure....Kemea T.

Joan Clark

July 5, 2018

Lightning and Sons

My heartfelt condolences to your Family. Sarah was full of Light and Grace. May she rest in Peace and Love

John Wolf

July 4, 2018

I am saddened to have learned of the passing of this brave, cheerful, friendly neighbor. I have known Sarah and I am saddened to have learned of the passing of this brave, cheerful, friendly neighbor. I have known Sarah and Steve casually since before moving to Wellfleet in 2010, and was always struck by her open, friendly attitude and genuine interest in everything around her. Her genuinely cheerful, “chin – up“ attitude throughout her health challenges will continue to be an inspiration. My heartfelt condolences to her family, she will truly be missed.

Leah O'Rourke

July 3, 2018

I had known Sarah a short time as a new neighbor when she invited me to their home on the pond to have a glass of wine and meet two of here sisters. I noticed immediatly how close they were to each other, and how open and friendly they all were toward me, a stranger. As I read the memorial notes that others have written, I realize just how much I did not know about her. But I think of all her talents and wonderful personality traits, kind, open and friendly is how I will remember her.
The most any living being can ask for in this world, is a good and full life, and that, it seems, was Sarah. Her sons were so lucky to have such a Mom. We will see you again someday my friend.

Greg Curley

July 3, 2018

I am saddened.
Sarah means a lot to me and I will cherish the moments and the memories I have of her.

My deepest sympathy to my brother Steve, and my nephews Ryan, Dustin, & Collin.

I will miss her dearly


Patricia Edwards

July 3, 2018

Sarah and I played flute in the Raymond High School band and I will always remember her cheerfulness and her smile. She was a delight to be around and was always happy and upbeat. I was grateful to rediscover her through facebook and be able to continue to be her friend as adults even though only virtually. She will be missed and I really enjoyed her sewing creations that she posted regularly on facebook - she was a true fabric artist. Rest easy my friend.