Funeral services for Betty Purvis were held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Burke with Pastor Clay Lundberg officiating.
Music was provided by Clay Lundberg, vocalist, accompanied by Twylah Ward, organist. Avis Wilhelmsen and Lucille Teel were in charge of registration. Urn bearers were all of Betty’s grandchildren and honorary urn bearers were all her greatgrandchildren. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Graceland Cemetery in Burke. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Born Betty Ann Bruce to Arthur and Ruth Bruce in Gordon, NE, on May 27, 1930, she was the fourth of six children.
Her life spanned an era from riding a horse to a one room schoolhouse to checking on her grandchildren’s’ status on Facebook. Betty’s spent her life in service to her family, friends, church and community. As a mother of six children she cooked and baked for her children and the other children in the neighborhood. Betty gardened, canned food, and sewed for the family, fashioning prom (and everyday) dresses for her daughters and shirts for her sons. Betty enjoyed the challenge of quilting new designs, and gifted family, friends and the church with her creations.
She was a member of the Eastern Star for 60 years. Her love for the church, and compassion for others, led to decades of helping in administration, cleaning, making wall banners, United Methodist women events and activities, and singing (alto for the choir).
A woman, who loved to read, Betty worked as city librarian for several years. Prior to that she assisted in the register of deeds office and city finance. She also administered insurance claims at the Burke Clinic, and at a private insurance agency. Betty Purvis passed away on August 03, 2018 at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg. Betty was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert “Nile” Purvis, to whom she was married for 67 years. She is survived by her six children: Dennis (Linda) Purvis, Terri (Lyle) Schmidt, Deborah (John) Brisk, Vonnie (Greg) Esterling, Mike (Karen) Purvis, and Tony Purvis; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; by two brothers: Dean (Neva) Bruce and Bill (Anita) Bruce.