Mary Elizabeth (Perry) Desrosiers of Colchester, Conn., died Sunday, August 18 at the Marlborough Health Care Center in Marlborough, Conn. She was 76 and the beloved wife of Raymond Desrosiers.

Mary was born Nov. 12, 1936 in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Louis Perry and Florence P. Alley. She had lived in Hartford, Conn., before moving to Colchester three years ago.

Mary attended Hartford College for Women and had a passion for learning, especially all things historical. She was an avid reader and researcher, and loved to engage in lively discussions on her findings. Her passions also extended to music and the arts.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and her memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved her. Besides her husband, Raymond of Colchester, she is survived by two sons, David Desrosiers of New Hartford, Conn., and Rodney Desrosiers and his wife, Liz, of Enfield, Conn.; her daughter, Rosemarie Lorentson and her husband, Bob, of East Haddam, Conn.; two brothers, Stephen Alley of Westport, Conn., and Robert Alley of California; and two sisters, Rita Reynolds and Winnie Drake, both of Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

She was predeceased by her sister Judith Kamrowski. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of the Spencer Funeral Home at 112 Main street in East Hampton, Conn. Online condolences may be left at