Jacqueline Ann (Bourke) Purmort, 87, died at her home in Hyannis on March 28. She leaves a brother in Bourne.
She was the wife of Harry Purmort for 60 years. They were married in 1952.
The daughter of Lawrence Bourke and Muriel (Barrett) Bourke, she was born in Portland, Maine, and raised in Portland and Peak’s Island, Maine.
Due to her husband’s assignments in the Navy, during the first part of their marriage the family moved frequently, within the United States and abroad. Ms. Purmort became adept at packing and organizing so the entire household move was as easy as possible.
A favorite story she retold from this time of her life was about the family’s return trip home from Naples aboard a Navy transport ship. The couple at the time had three children younger than 6 and an infant. Ms. Purmort woke up all the children as they approached New York Harbor, so they could see the Statue of Liberty in the morning mist.
In addition to being a homemaker, Ms. Purmort held several clerical jobs as her children were growing up. She also worked many years as a school secretary at Barnstable/West Barnstable Elementary School, where she was known as Mrs. P.
An avid reader, she was a charter member of the Read Between The Lines book club, which is beginning its 20th year.
She leaves four children, Debra Mulkeen, Cheryl Sparks, Cynthia Purmort and Gary Purmort; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lawrence Bourke of Florence, Oregon, James Bourke of Portland, Maine, and John Bourke of Bourne; and a large extended family.
She was predeceased by her son Steven Purmort; and her brother David Bourke.
Interment will be Friday, April 26, at 1 PM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Attendees should meet at the cemetery at 12:45.
A reception will follow at The Flying Bridge, 220 Scranton Avenue in Falmouth.