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Mary Purser Caldwell

July 14, 1925 — May 22, 2021

The Lord called Mary Rose Purser Caldwell to her Heavenly home on Saturday morning, May 22, 2021 as she passed peacefully in her sleep. She lived a full and joyous 95 years.

With her bubbly personality and sense of humor, Mary was the life of the party. A favorite of her nieces and nephews, Aunt Mary was the funniest person you could meet. She had the gift of gab and was able to talk to anyone.

When she was 18, Mary left Cochran, Georgia and this small town girl joined the Navy. She attended the U.S. Naval Training Center located at Hunter College, The Bronx, New York City to become a WAVE and serve her country during WW II.

Mary decided, at age 40, she was going back to school to become a nurse. Despite only having a GED, Mary passed her nursing class with flying colors. She worked for Coliseum Medical Center in Macon as well as the factory nurse at Plant Scherer in Juliette, Georgia.

The daughter of the late Joseph M. Purser and Annie L. Giddens Purser, Mary was born on July 14, 1925 in Cochran, Georgia. Mary was a dedicated and faithful member of Westside Baptist Church in Warner Robins.

Mary was an incredible seamstress, a talented crocheter and was a collector of hats. She spent the last few years of her life at Southern Pines in Hawkinsville Ga. where she was loved by all.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Cephus F. Caldwell,Jr. (Joe); son, Raymond Dale Caldwell; brothers, Gerald Purser, Thomas Purser, Kirby Purser, Morris Purser; and sister, Lucille Jarrell.

She is survived by her daughter, Gayle Mutchnik (Jack) of Bradenton, Florida; her grandchildren, David Caldwell, Amber Caldwell Bibeau and great granddaughter, Amelia Bibeau as well as a host of adoring nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends and family from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins Ga. Mary will be laid to rest at a graveside service at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Juliette United Methodist Church Cemetery in Juliette, Ga.; Pastor Mike Parker officiating.

Flowers are appreciated or donations to Serenity Hospice of Warner Robins, Georgia.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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Juliette United Methodist Church Cemetery

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Juliette, GA 31046

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