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Mary  J (Doyle)  Purcell
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“My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that your fond memories of your mother will give...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Nancy (Wild) Geourntas - MA

“We will miss your beauty and wisdom Mary. Thanks for always being interested in my life!!! ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Kathryn Ashley - Aberdeen, NJ

“Mary was a beautiful person, inside and out. She was loved by everyone that knew her. We will miss her and she will not be forgotten in our hearts...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: elaine kinslow - WESTWOOD, MA

“So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a lovely lady who always had a smile for you. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Pat Murphy - Neighbor

“Mary, may you rest easy knowing how much you were loved. God called you and now you can continue watching over your loved ones from the highest star...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Janet Folan - Norwood, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Love to the family. You are all in our thoughts.Kathy & Tom Barnett and Evan Perry ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Kathy Barnett - Murrells Inlet, SC

“It's so sad to hear of Mary's passing. The light and joy she brought into this world and into the lives of everyone she touched will be sorely missed...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Tom Barnett - Murrells Inlet, SC


Mary J (Doyle) Purcell, Age 84, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 29th, 2021 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Mary is survived by sister Sheila (Doyle) McMahon and husband Edward, of Norfolk; brother Kevin Doyle of Milton; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Thomas (Tommy) and Edward (Amy) Doyle and former sister-in-law Jean Doyle. Predeceased by parents Mary (Kelley) Doyle and Dominick Doyle and former spouse Carlton L. Purcell.

Mary was born on November 15th, 1936 in Boston, MA, to Mary (Kelley) Doyle and Dominick Doyle, both of Ireland.

Mary's life was entirely devoted to her family. Mary had a very special quality of making everyone feel as though they were the only person in the room and had such a gift for listening and offering words of wisdom to each and every person she touched, especially her grandchildren. Mary had an extraordinary sense of faith and ingrained that in her family. She had many friends that she cherished and loved bringing people together.

She leaves behind five loving children: Monica Lannan of Medfield; Coleen Saliba and husband Hamid of Methuen; Brian Purcell of Westwood; Maura Purcell of Medfield; Kelly Bauman and husband Michael of Dedham. She also leaves behind sixteen grandchildren: Nicole, Alissa and Lauren Lannan; Jamel Wakim and husband Jon; Najib Saliba and wife Odette; Brandon Saliba and wife Nadezhda; Ryan Purcell; Brittany Molloy and husband Michael; Hayley Purcell; Zachary Cox and wife Lindsay; Jacob Cox; Thomas Barnett; and Kayla, Evan, Mia and Max Bauman. She also leaves behind three great-grandchildren: Fiona and Gwen Molloy and Jakson Jon Wakim.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 9th at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church in Westwood, Mass. A wake will be held Tuesday, June 8th from 4-7 p.m. at Holden-Dunn-Lawler Funeral Home in Westwood.

Donations may be made to the Arthritis National Research Foundation.