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Mary E. Turcotte

August 18, 2022

Mary E. Burnell Turcotte, 90, Clayton passed away Wednesday morning, August 18, 2022, at Albany Medical Center.

Mary was born in the town of Clayton October 18, 1931, daughter of Howard Paul Cheever and Grace Bamford Holiday Cheever and she graduated from Clayton High School. On November 13, 1948 she married James W. Burnell at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brownville and he died May 1, 1991. Mary married Donald I. Turcotte on January 18, 1995 at Christ Episcopal Church, Clayton and he died July 30, 2010.

Mary taught swimming and was a bookkeeper at the YWCA and later was a clerk at the Eagle Shoppe in Clayton. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. She enjoyed swimming, cross country skiing, and reading.

She is survived by son James W. (Debbie) Burnell, Jr., Hannibal; daughter Roseann M. Norris, Boonville, IN; stepson Stephen J. (Amy) Turcotte, Clayton; two stepdaughters Catherine F. "Kay" (Tom) Osadchey, Baldwinsville and Donna A. (Claude) Williams, Watertown; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister Isabelle Howard, Chaumont; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her two husbands, Mary was predeceased by son-in-law Rollin G. "Bud" Norris, November 25, 2021; stepson William Donald Turcotte, July 1, 2014; grandson David James "DJ" Christiana, February 21, 1998; brother Howard D. Cheever, November 26, 2015; and two sisters June Corp, April 6, 2009 and Hilda M. Reinman, January 25, 2015.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Friday, August 26, from 4 - 7 PM. The funeral service will be on Saturday, August 27, at Christ Episcopal Church at 10 AM with Rev. Lisa Busby presiding followed by burial in Depauville Cemetery. Online condolences to Mary's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to TIERS, PO Box 524, Clayton, NY 13624.


#4 Carrie Disotell 2022-08-27 06:48
Our sincerest condolences.
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#3 Patty Derrigo 2022-08-25 16:15
I was blessed to know Mary. She and I would sit together at Christ Episcopal Church. I would also visit her at her home. When I moved to Massena, Mary and I would have phone visits. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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#2 Joan Varsics 2022-08-22 13:16
Condolences to all the family. Mary was a very special lady and she will be missed. While she was able, we enjoyed going to events at the Clayton Opera House with her. Even after her activities slowed, it was always a treat to talk with her on the phone or drop by for a visit. Mary had the knack of making you feel like you were the most important person in her day!
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#1 Sue Streets 2022-08-20 11:17
To all the family, Mary was the sweetest woman. I lived chatting with her and She taught swimming classes that I attended. She helped me lose my fear of water! Her smile was the best and she made you feel like the only person in the world when she was talking to you. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Sue Streets
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