Mary S. "Sophie" Purdy

mary purdy

August 7, 1931 ~ January 24, 2023

Born in: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Resided in: Greece, New York

Mary S. Purdy “Sophie”

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, Mary went home to be with the Lord; her beloved husband, Billy; brother John; sisters-in-law, Marie, Margaret and Lala. She is survived by her devoted children, Audrey (John) Blocchi, Trevor (Donna Bour- Purdy) Purdy, Valerie (Dennis) Johnston, Barbara (Joe) Sturnick, Colin (Lynn) Purdy; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; nieces, nephews & cousins; many loving family and dear friends.
Mary was devoted to faith and family and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Grande Ville Assisted Living and Highland Hospital E5 for the exceptional care given to Mary.
Mary’s visitation will be held Friday, February 3rd 4 – 7 PM at Vay- Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road. Her Funeral Service will be celebrated Saturday, February 4th 10:00 AM at Lakeview Community Church 30 Long Pond Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lakeview Community Church in her memory. For more information and to sign her online guestbook, visit


Visitation: February 3, 2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Mary S. "Sophie" Purdy 's name.

Lakeview Community Church

30 Long Pond Road Rochester, NY 14612

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  1. So sorry for the loss of your always smiling Mom, Trevor and family. Sophie seemed to always be bright and cheerful; happy to greet neighbors, friends and family. Sophie will be missed!


    Frank Bellavia and Family

  2. Great memories of Sophie visiting family here on the west coast. She packed lots if goodness in her short frame!! She will he missed.

  3. To Barb, Joe and Family,
    My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Mother. You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
    May God keep you and bless you in this difficult time.
    RIP🙏❤️🙏Russ Conlon

  4. Audrey;
    I’ll always remember your Mom as the kind woman who taught me how to make a good cup of brewed tea. May your memories bring you comfort and keep her close to your heart.
    Carol & Perry Cala

  5. Dear Barb and Joe,
    My deepest sympathy on your moms passing. Keep the good time in your thoughts every day and a smile will come to your face.

    God bless her and your entire family, and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. So very sorry for the passing of your Sophie. She looks so happy in the photo you chose. Darlin’ Irish girl.
    Love you all….Barb Quinn

  7. Dear Audrey, Trevor, Valerie, Barbara and Colin, I was so sorry to hear that your Mom had passed away. I will always remember her beautiful smile. My mother loved all of you, and so enjoyed having you next door to us. I have so many fond memories of both your parents, and playing on Hollenbeck St. How I wish I could bring all those times back again. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers, and I know my Mom and my sister will be there to welcome her in heaven.
    Love, Dorothy Helfer (Arcarese)

  8. It has been my honor and privilege to know and be a Freind of Sophie’s!! My heartfelt condolences to her family! What a loss you have felt but what can be better than be reunited with loved ones and in the arms of Jesus🙏 praying for your family!!

  9. Sophie and I worked together at Kodak. She was the sweetest person! I am so sorry for your loss. She loved her family so much and talked about them all the time.

    Janet Ouimet

  10. So sorry for your families loss. Heartfelt prayers that many happy memories quickly replace the moments of sorrow.

    Dave and Maria Garrison

  11. Audrey, Trevor, Valerie, Barbara and Colin and your families, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. So many memories of us growing up on Marwood. One of my favorite stories was when our dog, Peppy, you remember what a hound he was. When he stole a roast off your grill and your mom said not a word about it. We did not find out until years later. Hope some memories help during this difficult time.

    The Osborn’s, Jean, Barb, Bev and Jim

  12. I shall miss my dear sister-in-law Sophie and our little telephone chats about family, friends and memories of Belfast. My thoughts and prayers are with the family circle at this time of grief. Sophie has gone home to be where she wanted to be, “Safe in the arms of Jesus.” Blessings and much love to all. Aunt Evelyn xxxxx

  13. Dear Audrey, Trevor, Barb, Val and Colon. I was truly blessed to be welcomed into the family fold and to have known mom and dad throughout the years. Mom was a great lady loved hearing all the stories and truly loved her family, but was a woman of great faith. May a lifetime of memories comfort you at this time. She is now in her heavenly home and has been reunited with your dad and with our Lord. Our sincere condolences love always the Bellanti family 🙏❤️

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