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Virginia Purcell

July 19, 2016

Virginia PurcellVirginia Purcell, 86, entered into her eternal rest on Tuesday morning, July 19, 2016, at her home in Clayton in the presence of her loving family.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Sunday, July 24, from 2 - 5PM. The funeral service will be at the Clayton United Methodist Church on Monday, July 25, at 11AM with Pastor Earl J. LaLone presiding followed by burial in Clayton Cemetery.

She was born May 29, 1930 to Winfield and Reta Scott in the Graystone Inn, Clayton Center. She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Clayton Center and graduated from Clayton High School in 1948.

On June 11, 1949 she married Robert E. Purcell at the Clayton United Methodist Church with Rev. Henry Bridges officiating.

Virginia was employed at Graves Pharmacy in Clayton before becoming a full-time homemaker. Later she was employed as a cafeteria worker at Thousand Islands High School for ten years. She was a member of the Clayton United Methodist Church and worked on many church projects, including managing the local food pantry. She also volunteered her time to support many non-profit organizations. Virginia served as Treasurer of the Clayton Fireman's Auxiliary from 1965 - 2011, achieving life-time membership. As a member of the auxiliary, she was very active in the Booster Club. Virginia was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

In recognition of her dedication to the Clayton community, she and her husband were the honored recipients of the 1997 Citizens of the Year Award. Virginia enjoyed gardening, baking, and playing cards with family and friends. Besides being a devoted wife and mother, she adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family meant the world to her!

She is survived by her seven children, Judy (Raymond) Haberer, Arcade, Robert Purcell, Jr., Jamesville, Karen (Ross) Amico, Victor, Lou Ann (Guy) Clark, Clayton, Scott Purcell, Watertown, Lynette (David) Knapp, Ontario, NY, and Elysia "Tish" Purcell, Churchville; nineteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Robert, in 2006, a sister, Elvah Baker, and a brother, Lionel Scott, in infancy.

Donations in Virginia's name may be made to either the Clayton United Methodist Church, 324 John St. or Clayton Council of Churches Food Pantry, c/o St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., both in Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.



#15 Pat & Deb Phinney 2016-07-23 20:40
Our condolences to the family.
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#14 Kathy Kittle Evans 2016-07-23 10:41
I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your mom and dad. Remembering childhood games in the back yard of your parents' and Lalondes and living next to the Purcell house as a young teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Purcell were wonderful people. They were shining stars in the Clayton community and are surely missed. My prayers go out to the whole family. God Bless You, Kathy Evans
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#13 Emily Bristol 2016-07-21 21:49
Mrs Purcell was a wonderful and sweet person. I have very fond memories spending time at their home as a child. She and Bob were so kind! I am very sorry for her loss and my thoughts are with the family.
Emily Sullivan Bristol
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#12 Maryann Delaney 2016-07-21 18:11
What a dear soul. She was always very kind to me and had time to have a conversation no matter what was going on at the time. She always had a smile and a hug for me. We had a few conversations about having a special needs child in common and she was indeed an inspiration and a kindred spirit. Her daughter, Lynette, married my brother, David, and I have to say that the whole family has always been very personable and great to me and my family. God bless her and all her extended family.
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#11 Eileen Faust 2016-07-21 14:15
We are deeply saddened to hear of Virginia's passing. She was a classy, warm woman who always had a smile for you. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.

Eileen Faust and William Faust
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#10 David Knapp 2016-07-21 13:46
We will miss you Mom. I know that in name you're my Mother-in-law, but to me you were like my 2nd Mom. You raised a wonderful, caring family, and I am grateful to be a part of it. You taught me that family is everything. Your love has carried me through my adult life. Thank you so much. I thank you for being the greatest "Gramma" my boys could ever hope for, they loved you very much. I look forward to the day when I can give you and Dad a great big hug when I get to Heaven one day. I LOVE YOU MOM.
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#9 Dan & Sue Stafford 2016-07-21 09:46
Tish, Lynette & Dave & Dan,

Our sincere sympathies and condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mom and grandmother. From the notice, she seemed like a truly amazing women - so loving, caring, and willing to do so much for everyone. Our hope is that The Lord will continue to show His mercies and grace upon you during this difficult time. God bless you all.

Dan & Sue Stafford
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#8 Ferguson Family, Ire 2016-07-21 09:42
Our thought and hearts are with you at this present time. We were blessed to have known both Grandma and Grandpa Purcell who welcomed us with open arms to their home and shared lovely memories together which we will never forget. Virginia's expert cooking is still a talking point when we reminisce and how Robert taught the youngest of our clan how to swim! In the short time our family spent there in the summer, we felt the love and warmth of the Purcell home. Lots of love from Mairead, Bobby, Martin, Gary and Robert.
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#7 Renee Reff Miranda 2016-07-20 22:35
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. She was a very special lady.
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#6 Bobbi Ives 2016-07-20 17:37
So sorry for your loss .Mrs. Purcell was a sweet woman that loved her family very much .RIP Scott s dear Angel .
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