Obituary of Audine W. Purdy
Audine W. Purdy passed from this life on Oct. 13, 2015, in her home in Sparks, Nevada, surrounded by her family. She was 90.
A memorial service will be held from noon-2:00 p.m., on Oct, 29, at the California Building in Idlewild Park.
Audine was a woman of great faith in God and was a member of the Church of Christ on Queen Way in Sparks.
Audine was born Dec. 18, 1924, in Hiwasse, Arkansas, to Wyly and Ella Beavers. She grew up on her parents farm in the Chewey, Oklahoma area. Audine moved in with a family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and worked for this family in order to complete high school. She graduated in 1942.
After high school, Audine worked in an airplane factory that supplied planes to our troops during World War II. She eventually moved to Chester, California, to live with her older sister, Ivon Phipps.
Shortly after moving to California, she met Joseph (Joe) A. Purdy, and after a whirlwind romance they were married on June 11, 1946. They had 55 years of marriage together when Joe died in 2001.
During their marriage they lived in various places, but the most meaningful period was the seven and a half years they spent in Livingston, Montana. Audine and Joe were baptized into Christ while living there and began attending the Church of Christ from then on.
Audine was always eager to lend an understanding ear to someone. She was a humble woman, and she loved to laugh! She had a knack for ‘speaking her mind’ and every person who knew her spoke about her loving heart.
She worried that she was a burden to others and appreciated everyone she knew.
Audine is survived by a son Allan Purdy (Christine) of Grass Valley, California and a daughter Gloria Smothers (Charles) of Sparks, Nevada. She also leaves her sister Gertrude Morris; brother Conley Beavers (Verna) both of Talequah, Oklahoma; grandson Chuck Smothers (Leanne) of Sparks, Nevada; granddaughters, Rhea Trokey (J Michael) of Visalia, California, and Lynett Castleberry (Ryan) of Washougal, Washington.
She is survived by seven great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Nikole Ramsey of Sparks, Nevada that was especially close to Audine; many great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews, as well as numerous fellow Christians everywhere.
Audine was preceded in death by her father and mother, her husband, Joseph Purdy, and her sister Ivon Phipps.
She will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Gentiva Hospice Foundation, http://www.gentivahospicefoundation.org,
Arrangements are under the direction of Walton Funeral Home in Reno.
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