Gay (Hutchinson) Kemp, 76

Gay (Hutchinson) Kemp, 76

PT. CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Our dearest mother passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on Aug. 16, 2018 at Consolate of Port Charlotte Nursing Care Facility in Florida. She graduated from Classical High School. A lifelong Lynn resident until she and our father moved to Florida eight years ago, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy (Turner) Hutchinson and Cleaves K. Hutchinson, both of Lynn. She leaves her husband, John W. Kemp III, after 55 years of marriage, now residing in Port Charlotte, Fla.

She leaves her daughters, Kimberly (Kemp) Clements and her husband Peter Clements, Laurie Kemp-Brackett and her late husband Scott Brackett. She leaves a son, John W. Kemp IV; and her beloved grandchildren, Ryan Freeman, Kyle P. Brook, Amber Iris Oliver and her boyfriend Lasana Harper, Coty Van Scyoc, and John W. Kemp V (JJ); she also was the great-grandmother to Ariana Freeman, Ryan Freeman Jr., Deon Freeman, Cali Smith-Brook, and Auriel Harper, the “infamous nuggett” and baby girl Harper, “soon-to-be.” In addition, she leaves her brother, Dana Hutchinson of Wisconsin, formerly of Lynn, several other family members in New Hampshire and Florida.

Our mother worked as a nursing assistant in several local nursing homes in the Lynn community. She retired from the former J.B. Thomas Hospital in Peabody, as an ER secretary.

She was a member of the Native Americans Cultural Center in Devens. She loved pow-wows and highly supported Native American rights and beliefs. She was loved by many, as she was the “adopted” mom of our friends and her grandchildren’s friends. “She was the cool mom” — always up for a party. She always took us (and our friends) on vacation to the White Mountains, N.H., and made sure a good time was had by all. She was the glue of our family.

Our mother enjoyed yard sales, flea markets, antique stores; Walmart was her favorite store. She was also a member of the “Red Hat” Society. She loved Christmas; always went above and beyond to make sure we got what we wanted. In addition, she always bought toys and presents for several children she did not know who were less fortunate.

Our mother was a wonderful woman with the biggest heart in all aspects of life. She loved cats and best friend Gale Jeffrey of Lynn. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Service information: A “Celebration of Life” will be announced at a later date.

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