Louise Eva May Purdin, 94, of Bellefontaine, passed away peacefully at Green Hills Care Center on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
She was born on Tyler Street in Van Wert on Feb. 5, 1924, to the late Francis and Lenore Horn Jenkins. Also preceding her in death were an infant son, Francis Carl; her brothers, Norman (Betty) Jenkins and Herthel W. Jenkins; and her sister, Meredith (Ernest) Stevens.
She grew up and attended school in Middle Point through her junior year, playing on the girls basketball team and in the school band. The family moved to Bellefontaine where she completed her senior year, graduating from Bellefontaine High School in 1942. During World War II she worked at Grimes Manufacturing in Urbana assembling landing lights. On April 11, 1945, she married Audleigh W. Purdin, who survives.
A stay-at-home Mom, she was a good and loving wife, Mom, and grandmother. Her family was always first and foremost in her life. In 1968 she started working at Porter’s (HBD) and retired from there in 1992. She was a born again Christian and a member of the First Church of God in Bellefontaine.
Including her husband of 73 years, survivors are her daughter, Sheryl (Philip) Godwin of Bellefontaine; her son, Jeffrey (Janet) Purdin of West Liberty; grandsons, John (Amber Abbott) Godwin of Zanesfield and Tyler (Julie) Godwin of Avondale, Ariz.; a great-granddaughter, Abigail (Cody Lyons) Godwin of Bellefontaine; great-grandsons, Kaleb and Karsten Godwin, both of Avondale, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
Pastor Gary Brown officiates a memorial service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where visitation is from 11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial follows in the Huntsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Green Hills Care Center, 6557 S. U.S. Route 68, West Liberty, OH 43357 and the First Church of God Missionary Fund, 1000 E. Brown Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Express condolences to the family at www.edsfh.com.