In memory of
Floriene Patricia (Bull) Nye
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In memory of
Floriene Patricia (Bull) Nye
Floriene Patricia Nye, 78 CUMBERLAND CENTER - Floriene Patricia Nye of Cumberland Center passed away peacefully at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at the age of 78. Born Sept. 8, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Martha W. Bull of Los Angeles, Calif. Pat, as she was affectionately called by her family and friends, became deaf at the age of 5 1/2 due to meningitis. She was admitted to the Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles and later enrolled in the May E. Bennett School from 1944 to 1948. She then was transferred to the Van Ness Branch School from 1948 to 1952 and then, Foshay Junior High from 1952 to 1953. In the fall, she attended the new residential school, California School for the Deaf in Riverside. There she graduated in 1957 and went on to the Preparatory Program at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., for one year. Her employment career began in the banking industry as a keypuncher and a multi-chore taker in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Portland, Maine. In 1991, she was hired as a residential advisor in the girls' dormitory at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf on Mackworth Island in Falmouth. She retired in May 2003. At Gallaudet College, Pat met the love of her life, William H. Nye, of Great River, Long Island, N.Y., and married him in Los Angeles on June 11, 1960. They moved to Maine and settled in the greater Portland area. Later, the family moved to North Yarmouth, then Cumberland Center. They have three grown daughters, Joy, Joan and Jenny. Last June Pat and Bill celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. In the deaf community, Pat joined a number of organizations such as the Maine Mission of the Deaf, Inc., then Maine Association of the Deaf, Inc., the Greater Portland Deaf Club, the local chapter (Division 39) of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, the New England Deaf Senior Citizens, Inc., Maine Deaf Senior Citizens and Deaf Seniors of America, the National Association of the Deaf, Inc. and Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. She was vice president of the Maine Association of the Deaf from 1981 to 1983. She served as the first director of the Miss Deaf Maine Pageant from 1984 to 1985 and one of judges during a Miss Deaf America Pageant. She also chaired many N.F.S.D. Christmas events in the greater Portland area. She often volunteered at the Mackworth Island Museum and Archives, where her husband is the founder and curator. Her past favorite hobbies were quilting, knitting, camping and gardening. She also enjoyed spending vacations at their time-share in Samoset Resort, Rockport, and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, she accompanied her husband and friends to school events and local professional baseball and basketball games. Her most favorite was spending time with family. She will be sorely missed as a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, volunteer, and confidant. Pat is survived by her husband, William H. Nye; three daughters, Elizabeth Joy Hutchinson of New Gloucester, Natalie Joan Nye of New Gloucester, and Jennifer Lee Nye of Oceanside, Calif., and her son, Adam Christopher Ernst, and Frederick Bull, brother and his wife, Katie of Sun City, Calif. The Nye family is deeply touched by calls and words of comfort from those who knew her. Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service Chapel, 498 Long Plains Rd (Route 22), in Buxton. A celebration of life service will be held during the visitation at noon. Online condolence messages can be submitted at the funeral home's website at: www.mainefuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Floriene P. Nye to one of two local community resources as follows: Mackworth Island Museum and Archives Fund/ MECDHH and GBSD c/o William H. Nye, Curator One Mackworth Island Falmouth, ME 04105 or Gosnell Memorial Hospice House 11 Hunnewell Road Scarborough, ME 04074
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