2016-08-25 / Obituaries

Mary C. Purcell

Mary C. Purcell passed away suddenly before dawn on Saturday, Aug. 20, at St. Elizabeth Manor in Bristol, R.I.

Mary was born in Boston in 1941, the daughter of the late Warren R. and Catherine M. Purcell, and had been a resident of Portsmouth since 2007.

A graduate of the College of New Rochelle, Mary was an editor for her entire professional life, working first in book publishing, at Little, Brown & Co. in Boston, and then for many years at several computer software companies in the Boston area including Cullinet, Powersoft, SilverStream, and Ab Initio. She was acclaimed for her skills in conceiving improvements in writings and suggesting them in ways that writers appreciated.

Mary was an enthusiastic sketcher and watercolorist and enjoyed spending time outdoors and with her many friends. She and her husband also devoted time and effort to assisting poor farmers in a mountain village in Guatemala. Mary will be remembered for her uniquely compelling appreciation of nature and art.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Juan A. Diaz-Barrera, her dear brother Dick (W. R. Purcell, Jr.) of Leadville, Col., and her dear nephew, Loren D. Purcell of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her dear brother, David J. Purcell.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. All whose lives Mary touched are cordially invited to attend. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the St. Francis Breadline, St. Francis Monastery, the Breadline of the Poor, Inc., 135 W. 31st St., New York, NY 10001, stfrancisbreadline.org.

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