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Melissa Anne Lemay

Melissa Anne Lemay of New Britain, CT beloved mother, daughter, and sister passed away

peacefully at home on June 7, 2024 surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. Her

passing has left a void in our hearts that can not be filled. She was born December 16, 1979.

She was the daughter of the late Robert Lemay and Julia Payne and her step-father Thomas

Payne of Manchester, NH. If you were to ask her what her greatest accomplishment was, she

would tell you it was her children Desiree, Melanie, and Angel. Melissa cherished her role as

mother. She was their rock, their safe place, and beacon of light. When she loved you, you

knew it without a doubt and she was protective of those she loved. In her spare time, she

enjoyed baking. You would often find her in the kitchen trying new recipes and watching her

favorite cooking shows. She also had a love for watching movies with the family. Movie nights

will not be the same without her.

She is survived by her mother Julia Payne and Thomas Payne of Manchester, NH, two sisters Barbara Payne of Manchester, NH; and Michelle Bailey of Canaan, NH; two brothers Joshua Payne and his wife Karen Payne of West Berlin, NJ and Howard Payne and his wife Ashley Payne of Manchester, NH; and beloved children, daughters Desiree Quinones and Melanie Quinones, son Angel Quinones, and fur baby Benji. She also leaves behind the love of her life Henry Quinones, who she was with for 24 years. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

She is predeceased by her father Robert Lemay, Meme’ and Pepe’ Al and Pauline Lemay;

Nanna Irene Payne, Grammy Barbara Robinson, nephew Howard W. Payne Jr., and fur baby


Melissa will be deeply missed by everybody who had the privilege of knowing her. Her spirit and memory will live on for eternity.

She did not want a service or gathering. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local cancer

research society.

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