Marguerite R. Pursell, 100

SEPT. 1, 1912-SEPT. 30, 2012

November 03, 2012
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Marguerite Romona Bostetter Pursell passed away from pneumonia on Sept. 30, 2012, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md., at the age of 100.

She was born Sept. 1, 1912, in Hagerstown, the daughter of Albert N. Bostetter and Annie Zuck Bostetter, both of Washington County.

After graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1931, she spent two years at Bridgewater College in Harrisonburg, Va. She taught preschool children in Hagerstown and Washington, D.C. 

On Sept. 19, 1936, she married fellow Bridgewater alumnus Arthur Pursell of Jonesboro, Tenn., at the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren. The wedding was followed by a reception at the family home on Mulberry Avenue. The couple began their married life in Washington on Seward Square. Subsequently, they moved to Knoxville, Tenn., Chicago, and back to Washington, where Arthur worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Department in the field of agricultural credit.

Besides being a homemaker, Marguerite became an antiques dealer in the 1960s, specializing in French china. They retired to the Brethren Home at Cross Keys Village in New Oxford, Pa., where Arthur died in 1993. Marguerite later bought an apartment in Leisure World of Maryland and spent her last years living in Sunrise at Montgomery Village.

Marguerite was active in the Church of the Brethren in both Hagerstown and Washington, D.C. She was a loving wife and nursed her ailing husband during the last 10 years of his life. Her sister, Miriam Bostetter Bowers, and half brothers Wilbur and Leonard Bostetter and half sisters Pearl, Fannie, and Rozella Bostetter, all of Hagerstown, preceded her in death. She is survived by a niece, Linda Bowers Lieberman of Clarksburg, and a nephew, Douglas Bowers of Vienna, Va.

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