Alice Lynn Purcell “Lynn”, a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, passed away on January 11, 2024, at home in Wilmington, North Carolina. Lynn was born on November 30, 1943, in Stamford, Connecticut, to her loving parents, Thomas Purcell and Alice O’Hara Purcell.
Throughout her life, Lynn made a lasting impact on those around her through her unwavering
strength and inspirational spirit. She lived a remarkable life, filled with love, joy, and meaningful connections. At the young age of 59, Lynn decided to go back to school and get her bachelor’s degree. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mt. Olive College in the Fall of 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. As Lynn once said, “It is never too late to earn your degree, after all, there is no expiration date on education”. Lynn was dedicated to her work as a Project Manager at PPD for over 20 years until her retirement, where she showcased her remarkable leadership skills and passion for excellence.
Affectionately known as “Winnie” to her family, when she wasn’t working, she cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren, embracing the love, support, and shenanigans they provided, a lot of shenanigans. She unconditionally and unselfishly loved them all. Lynn had an amazing sense of humor and was voted class clown by her graduating High School class. She made the whole family laugh with her funny stories and had razor-sharp wit until her last day. She enjoyed the serene beauty of the beach, often finding solace and peace there. She would often just drive to the beach and sit and read her books while listening to the calming ocean sounds and smelling the salt air. Lynn also had a deep love for literature and cop and crime shows. If she wasn’t watching something on the History Channel it would be SVU, Andy Griffith, CSI, or her favorite, Blue Bloods. When she was first set up with Netflix she was so excited and said “I’ll have to quit my job to watch all these shows”. She had an innocent crush on Turkish actor,Can Yaman. To this day we have no idea how she even knows who he is. If you want to know, you will have to ask her when you see her.
Lynn was a valued member of the Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians (LAOH), where she formed lifelong friendships rooted in shared values and sisterhood. She was deeply proud of her Irish heritage. She was able to visit Ireland as an adult with her parents and even kissed the Blarney Stone!
Lynn will be dearly missed by all who knew her, but her memory will forever bring comfort and
inspiration. She is survived by her loving, devoted and caring daughters, Amy Hinzmann, and Heather Walger, both residing in Wilmington; her brother, Tom Purcell, and his wife, Clare, of New Hampshire; her sisters, Cathy Mitchell and her husband, Mike, of Florida, and Barbara of Wilmington. Lynn’s legacy will extend through her five cherished grandchildren, Casey, Jordan, Ava, Madeline, and Dane, as well as her great-grandchild, Presley.
Services to celebrate Lynn’s incredible life will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 2 pm at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S 41st St Wilmington, NC 28403.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be sent to Michael J.
Fox Foundation, supporting research for Parkinson’s disease, a disease that ultimately called her home.
While the ache of her absence lingers, the essence of Lynn persists, an eternal flame that
kindles the bonds she forged. In celebrating her life, we find solace in the enduring imprint she
left on the canvas of our collective memories. Lynn’s legacy, multifaceted and enduring, is a
testament to the transformative power of a caring heart and a lively spirit. She taught us the importance of love, strength, and living life to the fullest. Her absence will be deeply felt, but her spirit will continue to inspire us all. You are Heaven’s class clown now, Winnie. Keep them laughing until we get there.
On line condolences maybe sent to www.wilmingtoncares.com.
Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Service 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, North Carolina 28403 910-791-9099.