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The Full Story


Constance “Connie Mack” Maxine Purry Harrison

was born June 6, 1942 in Brandon, MS,

to the late Junies Purry Sr. and Ruby Sims Purry.  Constance was the third child of five children.  At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and attended the family church, Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Brandon, Ms.  She attended the public schools of Rankin County and graduated from Carter High School in 1962.  In 1967 Constance packed up her brand new 1967 Volkswagen Beetle and along with her son, Eric, her sister, Geraldine and her nephew,

Keith, relocated to Oakland, CA.  
After moving to Oakland, CA, Constance and her sisters, Geraldine and Beverly, joined North Oakland Missionary Baptist Church.  Constance attended North Oakland Missionary Baptist Church for over three decades and was a faithful member. 


Constance worked at Naval Air in Alameda, installing electrical components into missiles during the Vietnam War. She was force to end work at the Naval Air after an accident on the job. But this wasn’t a set back, but more of a set up for Miss Connie to walk into a most memorable journey of being your friendly neighborhood AVON lady. Selling AVON was easy for Constance. She easily made friends and enjoyed talking to people. Always sharing the newest beauty secrets and tips, lifting confidence and femininity to the highest standard of being a woman. Through this uplifting career, Constance met many people from all over the Bay Area. Not just from selling smell goods, and look betters, but she also had the voice of an Angel. Her love for singing spanned from singing in her high school choir, moving into booking  gigs at local events, weddings, memorial services and a faithful member of the North Oakland Choir. If that wasn’t enough, she could get your taxes together, because she was a Tax accountant over the years. Let’s just say Miss Connie was a renaissance WOMAN.

Constance loved FAMILY, church, dancing, singing, and cooking. She was the designated turkey and dressing maker for family holidays. Constance was a truthful, caring, and lovable person who took care of family members and would  lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it.  She loved her family very much, no matter if you were her niece, nephew, cousin, or a neighboring child,  you were always one of her own children. She loved watching T.V. game shows and was a faithful Warriors fan.


Constance was proceeded in death by her parents Junies & Ruby Purry Sr., her sister Geraldine Lowe, her brother Edward Purry, and

her aunt Mary Ella Mascarenhas.
Constance Purry and her grandson Marcus Purry departed this life on the same day, hours apart.

Her beautiful life will be cherished by: CHILDREN:  Eric & Evelyn Purry, Andrew Jacoby Harrison & Lorraine M. Chaney, Corey Action Harrison, L. Nikki Harrison

GRANDCHILDREN:  Elika Purry, Quinton Marsalis Purry, Eric Jerome Purry II, Marcus Nathaniel Purry, Marion May Washington,

Messiah Jacoby Harrison.

GREAT GRANDCHILD:  Elijah Jerome Scroggins.  
SIBLINGS: Beverly Daniels and Junies & Bobbie Purry Jr.  
GOD-DAUGHTERs:  Anika Daniels and Nashon Purry Williams, and a host of nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, cousins, and many close personal friends.

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