The community was shocked on Thursday, when George E. Purcell, a much-respected citizen died suddenly at his home, from heart attack. He had been in poor health for some time, but had been able to be around, and lately his condition seemed better.
Mr. Purcell was born Nov. 7, 1874, on the farm where he spent his entire life, a son of Isaac and Lucy Briggs Purcell. He was a graduate of Livonia High School in the class of 1894. In 1898, on Jan. 12th, he was united in marriage to Hattie Harder. To them two daughters were born, Marion who died in infancy, and Mrs. Theodore Henry, who lived with her father, and survives him.
The funeral services were held at the home, Sunday, with interment in the Curtis cemetery. The Rev. Paul Madsen of the Hemlock Baptist church officiated.
Surviving, besides the daughter, are five grandchildren, Mrs. Kenneth Gladding of Hemlock, Mrs. Adelbert Murry of LeRoy, and Laura, Theodore and Ralph Henry at home; also three great-grandchildren.
The sympathy of the community is extended to the family
Funeral services were held last Thursday afternoon in the Hemlock Baptist church for Mrs. Ed Purcell, who die the preceding Tuesday morning at her home in Richmond after a week’s illness with pneumonia.
The services followed a prayer at the home at 1:30. The Rev Ernest Reimer, pastor of the Hemlock church, officiated. Burial was in the Curtis cemetery, town of Richmond.
Mrs. Hattie Harder Purcell was born in the town of Livonia, Mar. 10, 1875, and was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Harder. She was married to Edmond Purcell in 1898 and the couple had two daughters, one dying in infancy.
Mrs. Purcell is survived by her husband and the one daughter, Mrs. Theodore Henry, who lives, with her family, in the home in Richmond; two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Briggs and Miss Mabel Harder, both of the town of Livonia; also five grandchildren.
She was an active member of the Hemlock Baptist church and also the W.C.T.U.
Though quiet and amusing, her Christian character was manifested in her everyday life.