Mary F. Purington, 86: Inspiration to family, regarded as 'our hero'

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SCARBOROUGH — Mary F. Purington, 86, died June 25 at Maine Medical Center.

A daughter of Clinton and Mary (Mulkerrin) Libby, she was born Sept. 20, 1923 in Scarborough, where she was raised and educated.

On May 17, 1945, she married Arthur Purington and they made their home in Scarborough.

Her entire life was dedicated and devoted to her family; to her children whom she raised with much love, compassion, and care; to her husband Arthur; and later on, to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was kind-hearted, patient, and always looked for the best in everyone. She possessed great wisdom and remained active up until her last few days.

A son, Arthur Purington Jr., predeceased her in 1957.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Arthur of Scarborough; five children, Wayne and wife Beth Purington of Windham, Virginia Lewis and husband Alan of Yarmouth, Jim Purington of Scarborough, Donna Skillings and husband Gary of Jupiter, Fla., and Kathy Howell of Portland; two sisters, Kathleen Bayley of Scarborough, Louise Rowell of Gorham, and two brothers, Henry Libby of Buxton and Frank Libby of Portland; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many loving nieces and nephews, and extended family members; and loving friends.

Memorial services were held earlier this week.

Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough.