Mary E. Burnell Turcotte, 90, Clayton

CLAYTON, NY — Mary E. Burnell Turcotte, 90, Clayton, passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 18, 2022, at Albany Medical Center.

Mary was born Oct. 18, 1931, in the town of Clayton, the daughter of Howard Paul Cheever and Grace Bamford Holiday Cheever and she graduated from Clayton High School.

On Nov. 13, 1948, she married James W. Burnell at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brownville. Mr. Burnell died May 1, 1991. Mary married Donald I. Turcotte on Jan. 18, 1995 at Christ Episcopal Church, Clayton. Mr. Turcotte 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, Nov. 25, 2021; stepson William Donald Turcotte, July 1, 2014; grandson David James “DJ” Christiana, Feb. 21, 1998; brother Howard D. Cheever, Nov. 26, 2015; and two sisters June Corp, April 6, 2009 and Hilda M. Reinman, Jan. 25, 2015.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Christ Episcopal Church with Rev. Lisa Busby presiding followed by burial in Depauville Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to TIERS, PO Box 524, Clayton, NY 13624.