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Mary Alice Purcell

October 8, 1923 August 18, 2022
Mary Alice Purcell
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Mary Alice Purcell, 98, of Pottsville, passed away on August 18 at Luther Ridge.

Born Oct. 8, 1923, in Scranton, she was a daughter of the late John J. and Anna L. Brady Mooney, both natives of Scranton.

She was a 1941 graduate of Pottsville Area High School, and a member of St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville.

Mary Alice worked for many years at the Pottsville Public Library, a job that she enjoyed very much. She was a talented artist and for a long time she was an active member of the Allied Artists of Schuylkill County.

Mary Alice will be remembered by her family as a devoted wife and mother for whose generous love and support her children will always be grateful.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, John F. Purcell; brothers, John Mooney and William Mooney, sister Nancy Stoner; daughter, Barbara Purcell Liebner and son-in-law John Liebner, Pottsville; and daughter-in-law, Pat Gilbert Purcell, Flanders, New Jersey.

Mary Alice is survived by two daughters Sheila Purcell, Pottsville, and Kathleen Purcell and her husband, Ed Epstein, West River, Md.; four sons, Paul Purcell and his wife, Mary Corcoran, Auburn, John F. Purcell Jr., Baltimore, Matthew Purcell, St. Johns, Fla., and Patrick Purcell, Odenton, Md.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pottsville Free Public Library, 215 W. Market St., Pottsville, PA 17901 or St. Patrick Memorial Fund, 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, PA 17901.

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Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
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