Obituary of Jean Purvis
Purvis, Jean (nee Sawers)
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Regency Manor, Central Butte, SK with family by her side. Jean, at the age of 93 was predeceased by her first husband James Reynolds, (1966) and then by Harry Purvis, (2009). Also predeceased by brother Joe, sister Ruth, parents Archibald and Effie. Loving mother of Catherine Hammond (James) and stepmother of Brenda Finney. Jean will be lovingly remembered by her sister-in-law Fran Glascock, nephew Bill, nieces Jo-Ann, Stacey and Susan as well as numerous great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends. Jean was born in Moose Jaw on November 26, 1922 to Archibald and Effie Sawers. She grew up attending first Prince Arthur public school, and later Moose Jaw Tech, (Peacock). Immediately following her formal education, she went to work and shortly thereafter, at Temple Gardens, met RAF Navigator, James Reynolds who was stationed in Moose Jaw. They were wed in Moose Jaw, on October 16, 1943. Over the next few years, Jean remained in Moose Jaw while James was stationed in several places across Canada and Southeast Asia. They spent a short time in England following James' discharge from the RAF before returning to Moose Jaw and then settling in Calgary in 1957 where they enjoyed a number of happy years as part of the Gloucester Drive gang until James’ passing in 1966. Jean married Harry Purvis in 1976 and they spent time in Calgary, Edmonton and Texas before settling in Penticton, BC, where they enjoyed many years of retirement travelling all over Canada and abroad. Jean joined the Legion Women's Auxiliary in Calgary and became very involved in the Royal Canadian Legion, BR. 40 in Penticton. She was a life member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary and served in many other offices of the legion as well. She loved cooking and baking and was known for being an excellent cake decorator. She was a very sociable person and forged many good friendships wherever she went. At the age of 86, after Harry's passing, she made the decision to return to her roots in Moose Jaw. She enjoyed the time she could spend with her nephew, Bill, and sister-in-law, Fran; relishing the many shopping trips, and going out for meals and entertainment. She lived for a few years in High Park Towers until the need for more care required a move to Chez Nous Senior Citizens Home in Moose Jaw, and then in the last month, Regency Manor in Central Butte. Friends and family are asked to gather at Parkview Funeral Chapel, 474 Hochelaga St. West, on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to join our procession to the Moose Jaw Cemetery (Caribou East at 9th Ave E), where Jean will be laid to rest.
Blair & Kelly Scott, Funeral Directors
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