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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Alleta Margaret Purvis, 95, dies

  • Obituary published Sept. 18, 2013, in The Mexico Ledger
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  • Alleta Margaret Purvis, 95, of Martinsburg, passed away at 7:32 A.M., Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Golden Living Center – Pin Oaks, in Mexico.
    Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 P.M., with a Prayer Service at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, September 19th at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
    A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 20th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg. Father Greg Oligschlaeger will officiate.
    Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, south of Martinsburg. Serving as pallbearers will be Cary Carroz, Alan Davis, Guy Huntley, Bill Oliver, Jeff Purvis and Jerry Steffen.
    Mrs. Purvis was born December 3, 1917, in Martinsburg, Missouri, a daughter of Louis Bernard and Celia Ann Fennewald Vomund.
    On January 1, 1942, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg, she married Lee Montgomery Purvis, Sr. They were the parents of four sons. He preceded her in death on January 18, 1985. They lived most all of their life in Martinsburg.
    Alleta was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg, where she was a member of the Ladies Sodality.
    She had been a custodian at St. Joseph Catholic School for over 20 years. Alleta had also worked at Scheulen's Café. Prior to marriage, she was a telephone operator in Martinsburg.
    Alleta loved playing cards, especially pitch and pinochle. She also liked quilting, embroidery and crocheting. Alleta and Lee always enjoyed dancing.
    Alleta is survived by three sons, Lee Montgomery Purvis, Jr., of Martinsburg, James Edward "Jim" Purvis, of Martinsburg and Ray Louis Purvis and wife, Donna, of Jefferson City; daughter-in-law, Tammy Kay Purvis, of Martinsburg; grandchildren and spouses, Shelly and Cary Carroz, of Montgomery City, Susie Purvis, of Columbia, Jeff and Shannon Purvis, of St. Louis, Laura and Guy Huntley, of Jefferson City and April and Jerry Steffen, of Martinsburg; 10 great-grandchildren; step grandchildren, Pam and Alan Davis, of Martinsburg and Kim and Bill Oliver, of Wellsville; 7 step great-grandchildren; 16 step great-great grandchildren; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee Montgomery Purvis, Sr.; son, Charles Anthony "Charlie" Purvis; daughters-in-law, Catherine Mae "Cathie" Purvis and Thelma Louise Purvis; brothers, Bernard Francis Vomund and Linton Cecil Vomund and sisters, Rosalie Bernadine Schlemmer, Lucille Marie Lowry and Irene Cecelia Albright.
    Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic School c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, Missouri 63384.
    Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.myersfuneralhome.biz.

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