Mary Eleanor (Gaines) Purdue, 72, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 16, 1941, in Daviess County, she was the daughter of Samuel Alvin and Helen (Downey) Gaines.
She attended Washington High School. She was retired from Washington Nursing Center where she worked for 27 years. She had previously worked for Sherwood Plastics, Armour Foods and Jasper Novelty.
She had a special talent of embroidering. She loved to share that gift by making things for her loved ones. She loved working in the flower garden and enjoyed God’s gift of the beautiful outdoors. She loved the special times that she spent with her sisters and daughter. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Purdue Sr., whom she married Oct. 3, 1959; a daughter, Teresa Mae (Thomas) Radcliffe of Washington; a son, Jack Joe (Melody) Purdue of Washington; sisters, Judith Ann Woody of Shoals, Gwendolyn Suzzetta (Keith) Graber of Loogootee, Gale Darlene (Rick) Adams of Spencer, and Tonja Jean (Scott) Fields of Bedford; brothers, Robert Eugene (Ellen) Gaines of Downey, Calif., and Terry Michael (Donna) Gaines of Cumback; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Helen Gaines; a son, Randy Ray Purdue; a daughter, Miranda Kay Purdue; a sister, Betty Catherine Roberts; two brothers, Samuel Alvin Gaines and William Alvin Gaines.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ed Lee Mortuary, with Pastor Pat Kelley officiating. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday.
Preferred memorials are to Good Samaritan Hospice.