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OBITUARY

Elizabeth "Beth" (Quinn) Flanagan

January 13, 1936May 7, 2020

Elizabeth Quinn Flanagan

Beth died peacefully at her home in Yarmouthport, MA on May 7, 2020 at the age of 84. Beth was the widow of John T. “Jack” Flanagan, the beloved mother of Mary Shanahan and her husband Bob Shanahan, Pegi Frostholm and her partner Walt Rihl, and Katherine “Kit” Flanagan and her husband Jeff Fleming. She was the loving grandmother of Will Morgan and his wife Bonnie Smalley, Kevin Shanahan and June Shanahan, Emily Fleming and Matt Fleming, great grandmother to Kevin’s daughter Kyley Shanahan, and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Beth was predeceased by her three brothers, Bob, Frank, and Neal Quinn.

Beth and Jack were married for just over 46 years. Born and raised in Essex County, NJ, Beth received her undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College, and went on to earn a Masters degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After raising their family in New Jersey and retiring from their careers there, Beth and Jack moved to Cape Cod and owned and operated the Liberty Hill Inn for 14 years. Beth and Jack were active and devout members of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and then Our Lady of the Cape Church in Brewster when they moved to Cape Cod. Beth’s strong Faith was the source of her strength and calm, on which her family often relied.

Beth had many careers and passions. She was a teacher, a Graduate School Admissions Counselor, and an actress with a lifelong love of theater. After Beth and Jack moved to Cape Cod, and while running the Inn, Beth authored the Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast Guide & Innkeepers Recipes, was elected to multiple terms on the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School Committee, including serving as Chair, and became an active member of the local branch of the American Association of University Women, fund-raising to provide scholarships for women to attend college and leading the AAUW Cape Cod theater interest group. Beth also volunteered with the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth and the Bangs Hallett House, wrote newsletters for the local Parkinson’s Support group, and even resumed acting classes in her 70s. In everything she did, Beth developed close friends whom she cherished.

After Jack died, Beth moved to Kings Way in Yarmouthport, and then to Heatherwood at Kings Way. Beth relished the community and her friends (both old and new) at Heatherwood. She loved the cocktail parties, playing Scrabble, learning mah-jongg, performing in the Follies, and getting together with her friends any time she could. Beth was a wonderful storyteller, had a keen sense of humor, and her sharp mind kept her reading mysteries and solving crossword puzzles up to her final days.

With all of Beth’s many interests, her most beloved role was as a mother. She was role model and a constant source of strength, comfort, and support to her three daughters. Beth loved when “her girls” and their families were all together. She never ended a visit or call with her family without telling them she loved them.

We will miss her loving spirit, her beautiful smile, her warmth, her sweetness, her laughter, and most especially, her unwavering love and support.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Beth's Memory to either the MA branch of the American Parkinson's Disease Association https://www.apdaparkinson.org/community/massachusetts/ways-to-give-ma/ or to AAUW https://ww2.aauw.org/donate-gift-new/

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  • Beth will have services and a burial in Massachusetts at a future date.

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Kathleen Schatzberg

June 4, 2020

Addendum:
Oops -- wrong character! It was Desdemona, of course, not Ophelia!

Kathleen Schatzberg

June 4, 2020

To the Family of Beth Flanagan,

I am so sorry I missed the notice of Beth's passing in the Cape Cod Times. My condolences to all her family, though belated, are heartfelt. I knew Beth through AAUW here on Cape Cod, and she was one of the most gracious, kind and fun-loving people I've had the good fortune to know.

I wanted to share one particular memory of Beth, regarding her leadership of the Theater Group within our AAUW chapter.

In first decade of the 2000s (I was president of Cape Cod Community College until 2012, so it was several years before that), I offered to host Beth and the AAUW group for a performance of Othello that our Drama students at the College were presenting. She brought perhaps a dozen AAUW members to the play. Only in the week prior to the performance did I learn that this was quite an alternative re-imagination of Shakespeare's tragedy: the part of Othello was played by an African-American female student, and the part of Ophelia was played also by a woman.

Oh my! I worried that this might be too provocative for Beth and the AAUW ladies. I need not have worried. Beth was enormously enthusiastic about this re-imagination of Shakespeare's plot, about the play bringing in very modern themes, and about the creative and forceful performance the students delivered.

Later I got to know Beth even better over discussions of various progressive Catholic movements, and I came to know her as a person of both deep faith and unwavering commitment to justice.

She will be missed greatly. I pray your precious memories of happier times will heal the pain of this loss. Her memory will be a blessing to all of us who were fortunate enough to know her.

Yours in shared sorrow,
Kathleen Schatzberg

Emily Fleming

May 13, 2020

I’ll miss you Gramma Beth. You were always happy and kind to everyone around you. You were a light in everyone’s lives, and I’m so grateful that I had you as my grandma. Thank you for always being warm and loving and for making the best blueberry pancakes around! I love you.

Terry Beatty

May 13, 2020

I'm so very sorry to see that Mrs. Flanagan has left this Earth! I used to wait on her at Peterson's Market and she was one of my favorite customers! She had the sweetest smile and the most kind demeanor about her! You can't always get to know people in that situation, but I believed her to be a gentle, peaceful soul! My condolences to your family at this sad time!

Terry Beatty, formerly of Peterson's Market

Matt Fleming

May 12, 2020

Although Gramma Beth lived halfway across the country from us, she always found a way to make it seem like we were at the old house in Yarmouth.

I remember she would always send a new type of bread around the holidays, so even though she couldn't visit us, we would be thinking about her.

I'm glad we can celebrate the life of a person that brightened everyone's day and brought joy to so many.

Tim Flanagan

May 12, 2020

Here's to a long and full life Aunt Beth!
My memories go back over 50 years with our families having a special connection and many Thanksgivings' and Christmas' together over our childhood years, usually hosted by Uncle Jack and Aunt Beth.
I remember when I shocked them by climbing the 80 foot (my 7 year old memory, was probably 40 ft) tree in your back yard. Poor Aunt Beth wanted to call the fire department to get me down. No experience with boys I guess. I can only imagine the gray hair I gave my Mom.
Aunt Beth had a zest for life and will be remembered and missed. Condolences to Mary, Pegi, and Kit as well as the rest of your families.

John Dolan

May 12, 2020

To the family of Beth Flanagan
I want to offer my sincere sympathy at this difficult time. I have known Beth as a woman of faith and faithful parishioner here at Our Lady of the Cape for many years. She was very involved as member of the Lazarus Ministry and a lector. If there is anything we can do to help at this time please get in touch. We will remember her in our Masses. God bless, Father John Dolan

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FROM THE FAMILY

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