Evelyn Maxine (Baker) Purcell

Died: Fri., Apr. 10, 2015


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 14, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Wed., Apr. 15, 2015
Location: White Oak Church

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Evelyn Maxine Baker Purcell, 94, of Oblong, IL passed away at 2:45 am on Friday April 10, 2015 at Ridgeview Care Center, Oblong, IL.

Evelyn was born January 10, 1921 in Goldfield, IA. She was the daughter of Eska Russell and Lyieth Brooks Russell. When she was a small child her parents moved to Jasper County, IL. She attended Riesner Grade School near Falmouth, IL. At the age of 14, her parents moved to the Hunt City, IL area, where Evelyn attended two years at Newton High School.

On May 4, 1938 she married Victor A. Baker and they lived on a farm near Bellair until Victor’s health failed. They moved to Oblong, IL in 1979. Victor preceded Evelyn in death in August 1993. On September 5, 1997 she married Duaine Purcell. He had been a farmer and they lived in Oblong, IL. He preceded Evelyn in death on January 17, 2004.

Evelyn was a homemaker and loved to quilt for her grandchildren and other family members. She was able to quilt and crochet until her eyes failed in 2003. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a faithful member of the White Oak Church, rural Oblong, IL.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Duane and Margaret Baker, Oblong, IL; Ray and Thelma Baker, Oblong, IL; a daughter and son-in-law, Jewel and Bob Black, Ocala, FL; step son and step daughter-in-law, Doyle and Barbara Purcell, rural Annapolis, IL; two step daughters and step sons-in-law, Carolyn and Harold Sloan, Sumner, IL; Rheta and Gary Dunlap, Oblong, IL; sixteen grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; eighteen great great grandchildren, and a sister-in-law Phoebe Ping, Effingham, IL.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a son Kent Baker; granddaughter DeAnn Knollenberg, an infant great granddaughter; two sisters Beatrice Earnest and Marjorie Nagle; one brother Floyd Russell.

Celebration of Evelyn’s Life Service will be at 10:00 am Wednesday April 15, 2015 at the White Oak Church, north of Oblong, IL with Pastor Alvin Neidigh officiating. Burial will follow in White Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday April 14, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Church, American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association with envelopes at the visitation and service or the contributions may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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Ellen (Hand) Schug
   Posted Mon April 13, 2015
Duane and Margaret, Jewel and Bob, Ray and Thelma, Doyle and Barby and all the rest of Evelyn's family -- Deep sympathy and condolences for your mother's loss. Her love surrounds us all. Please know our hearts and prayers are with you. Fred and I were thinking back and wishing you peace and comfort. Forever friends across the miles and through the years. Love and hugs, Ellen (Hand) Schug

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