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PEPPERELL — Mary (O’Brien) Duprey, 77, died Jan. 11, 2007 after a brief illness. Mary was a lifelong resident of Pepperell and a wonderful mother and homemaker who also participated actively in her community.

Mary graduated from Pepperell High in 1947. She later married Lester M. Duprey and together they raised three loving children. Apart from her family life, Mary enjoyed a successful 33-year career as a bookkeeper for the Bemis Company in Pepperell.

Devoted to her hometown, Mary worked with numerous town activities and organizations. These included her work for the Pepperell Housing Authority, Meals on Wheels, and administration of local voting polls.

A devout Catholic, Mary was very involved in parish life at St. Joseph’s Church in Pepperell. In her later years, Mary traveled the world, including visits to many religious locations and to her children and grandchildren in Colorado and Texas.

Mary was recently predeceased by her brother, William O’Brien. She is survived by her sister, Margaret McPartlan of Lunenburg; her son, Paul, of Eagle, Colo.; and her daughters Pam DeGemmis of Boxborough and Mary Anne of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michelle and Gregory Duprey and Adrienne, Alfred and Julia DeGemmis; and by many loving members of her extended family and community.

A Vigil Service was held on Sunday evening, Jan. 14, at St. Joseph’s Church, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pepperell. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pepperell Senior Center, 37 Nashua Road, Pepperell, MA 01463. The Marchand Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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