Mary Joann (McCabe) Westfall, 49, died Jan. 17, 2012. She was the wife of Cary Westfall.

Mrs. Westfall was born Aug. 21,1962, in West Islip. N.Y., to John and Helen (Hickman) McCabe.

She moved to Auburn, Wash., in 1978, and to Bethel, in 1981. She graduated from Auburn High School in 1981 and from Western Connecticut State University in 1985. She received a master's degree in special education from Central Connecticut State University in 1988.

She married her husband on Oct. 15, 1988.

She was a member of New Milford First Congregational Church in New Milford.

A teacher and consultant, her working career was with the State of Connecticut, Therapy Solutions and public schools.

Known as the "Purple Lady," she touched many lives. She was known for her enthusiasm for life, which brought a smile to all those who knew her.

In addition to her husband of 23 years, Mrs. Westfall is survived by two sons, Zachary and Trevor, of New Milford; her parents, John and Helen McCabe, of Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Patricia Burr, and her husband, Pat, of Brookfield; two brothers- in-law, James H. Westfall, of Cool, Calif., and Matthew R. Westfall, and his wife, Merilee, of Shelton; two sisters-in-law, Lisa R. Day, and her husband, Wayne, of Chester, N.H., and Leslie W. Schlemmer, and her husband, John, of New Milford; her stepmother-in-law, Quana Elwood, and her husband, Robert, of New Milford; and several nephews and a niece.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church Book of Remembrance, 36 Main St., New Milford, CT 06776.