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November 3, 2011

Gladys “Billie” Purcell, a former longtime Barryville, NY resident, died October 24, 2011 at Cape Cod Hospital after a sudden illness. She was 89.

She was born on July 21, 1922 in Bellmore, Long Island, NY to Harold and Martha Billings.

Billie had a full and happy life, surrounded by friends and family. She touched so many lives positively and had a gift of knowing exactly what to say and do to make you feel better about yourself. Her strength and resilience will be remembered by all.

Billie was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Edward Purcell; her son Timothy; and her daughter Margaret.

She will be missed and remembered by James and Kelly Purcell and family of Hyannis, MA., Kathy and Bruce Beard and family of Blackstone, MA., Edward Purcell and family of Milton, NH and Ginny Purcell and family of Freeport, ME.

There will be no service at her request. To post a remembrance visit

Donations may be sent to Crossroads of Rhode Island, 160 Broad Street, Providence, RI., 02903;