Mary Elizabeth Purdin, 90, of Hillsboro, died Tuesday morning April 26, 2011 at the Brooksville Regional Hospital in Brooksville, Fla.

She was born July 17, 1920 in Seaman, the daughter of the late Charles Bolton and Mary Elizabeth Day Marsh.

Mrs. Purdin was a member of the Hillsboro Church of Christ, the Hillsboro Order of Eastern Star Chapter #441, Highland County Senior Citizens, The Monkee Quilt Club, the Highland County Quilt Club and Calvary Ladies Aid, had been a volunteer for the Cub Scouts and the Girl Scouts, had been a Highland County 4-H advisor and had led the Yellow Rockers Square Dance Group.

She is survived by three daughters, Ramona (Bill) Eaglin of Blanchester, Bonnie (Charles) Nace of Hillsboro and Mary E. (David) Williams of Brooksville, Fla.; four sons, Charles “Marion” (Christie) Purdin of Hillsboro, Ronnie (Leona) Purdin of Seaman, David (Pat) Purdin of Hillsboro and Ray L. “Butch” (Wilma) Purdin Jr. of Hillsboro; 26 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Mary Marsh of Hillsboro.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Purdin on Sept. 26, 1993; two sisters, Oacle Kier and Sally Wagner; two brothers, Cecil and Charles Marsh, two half-brothers, Russell and Earl Marsh; and four half-sisters, Jessie Griffith, Ethel McKamey, and Velma and Thelma Marsh.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, May 2 at the Turner & Son Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Burial will follow in the Hillsboro Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Turner & Son Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Senior Citizens Center, 185 Muntz Street, Hillsboro, Ohio or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  

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