PURVIS, Johannah 1895-1939
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/11/2016 at 13:24:51
Mrs. Roy Purvis Dies
Mrs. Roy Purvis died at the hospital at Independence last Friday after a long illness. The body was brought to the Coffman funeral home where brief funeral services were held Monday afternoon and later at the Bethany Presbyterian church in Grundy Center with the local pastor, Rev. K. J. Stratemeier, in charge of the services. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
Mrs. Roy Purvis, nee Johannah Stumberg, daughter of Seben and Margaret Stumberg, was born in Grundy county Aug. 15, 1895. She was married on August 5, 1916, to Mr. Roy Purvis. This union was blessed with three children. An infant girl of but 15 months old preceded her mother in death. About five years ago Mrs. Purvis suffered a physical breakdown and while at times hope was entertained for her recovery, the granting of these wishes and prayers was denied and the ravishing disease aggravated her case until shortly after seven o'clock on Saturday morning, Feb. 18, death put an end to her suffering and released her soul for its flight to the mansions of light. She attained unto the age of 43 years, 6 months and two days.
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband; two children, Donald and Loana; two brothers, Jacob Stumberg, Grundy Center, and Joe Stumberg, Reinbeck; four sisters, Mrs. Henry Johnson of Sumner, and Mrs. Ella Arends, Mrs. Will Springer and Mrs. John DeBerg, all of Grundy Center; and many other relatives and friends.
Seventeen years ago, almost to the day, Mrs. Purvis united with the Bethany Presbyterian church and continued faithful in her membership through these years. Her interest in the life and development of this congregation continued unabated throughout the days and years of her sickness. For many years she served the Sunday School as an efficient and consecrated teacher. She counted it a privilege to be a member of the Ladies' Aid and very cheerfully helped wherever she could. Her faith and service now terminated challenge us all to greater devotion to the Lord's work.
In mourning her departure we sorrow in the loss of a devoted wife and mother, so anxious always for the spiritual welfare of her children. We shall never forget how faithfully she ministered to her own mother in her sickness. Her own affliction found her truly appreciative of all the kindness shown her by relatives and friends. The darkness of her suffering never seemed to becloud her vision of spiritual realities. Her heart was fixed, her soul refreshed by the faith she professed and the pastoral calls were seasons of great spiritual refreshing to her. With surprising firmness and clearness she laid hold upon and clung to the great facts of our eternal redemption in Jesus Christ.
There is a world above,
Where sorrow is unknown;
A long eternity of love,
Founded for the good alone,
And faith beholds the dying here,
Translated to that glorious sphere.
Relatives present from away were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Johnson of Sumner; Mr. and Mrs. Harm Johnson of Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Fritzel and Mrs. Morehouse of Independence, and Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson of Ackley.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 23 February 1939, pg 6
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