canada africa partner reservation Jean Purrington (Remmel) Small Obituary | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Jean Purrington (Remmel) Small Obituary | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Jean Purrington Remmel Little, born June 11, 1928, passed away peacefully at her home in Southampton, New York, on May 1, 2024. Jean was the beloved daughter of Florence (Polly) and Donald Purrington of South Hadley and Holyoke, Massachusetts. Her beloved brother was Donald (Jack) Purrington, who predeceased her. She graduated from Mary A. Burnham Preparatory School, a predecessor to the Stoneleigh-Burnham School, and attended the University of Maryland. Jean was married to Edward Gilbert O’Shea (divorced 1955), Harmon Liveright (Buck) Remmel, John Watson Little and William Fitzsimmons, both deceased. Jean thoroughly enjoyed life, family and friends, with a serious underlying principle: she believed in helping others. She believed deeply in charitable endeavors and the great purpose of charity in life. Charity’s role in healthcare was a lifelong concern, as it was for her mother, Polly. Jean dedicated herself to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Southampton Hospital, the Bronx Zoo and the Southampton Garden Club, a founding member of the Garden Club of America. From 1981 to 2012, she served on the board of directors of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During that time, she served on the Board of Overseers from 1985 to 1989. From 1981 to 1989, she served as president of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 1985. She organized and presided over events for The Society at Radio Center Music Hall with Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Ross and others, providing substantial support to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Jean served on the board of directors of Southampton Hospital from 1985 to 2015. Since 2004 she has been a member of the board of the Southampton Hospital Foundation and for part of that time secretary of the board. For many years Jean organized the summer events for the Southampton Hospital Foundation, which brought together full-time and summer residents, in support of an institution fundamental to Southampton and its future. She loved and supported Southampton, its community and institutions. Jean is survived by her loving family: her stepchildren, Alexandra Remmel Swoope, and husband, Carter, and Harmon Lawrence Remmel, and wife, Helen; her cousins, Sarah Purrington Fujiwara and Tricia Purrington Deck; her niece, Cynthia Purrington Ingle; three grandchildren: Towson, Christian and Helene, to whom she was affectionately known as Gramma Jean; eight great-grandchildren, several stepchildren and an extended family including Remmel Dickinson and Liza Little, all of whom she loved. A family service will be held in Little Rock, Ark., with burial at the side of her husband, Harmon Liveright Remmel, in Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park. A memorial service and celebration of Jean’s life will take place in Southampton in July. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Southampton Hospital. The family is grateful to Olga Johnson, and Jean’s caregivers, East End Hospice and ComfortKeepers. Arrangements are under the direction of RuebelFuneralHome.com.

Published on May 5, 2024