Funeral Services: Will be held on Friday, October 6, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield with burial following in the Orient Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Orient following the burial. The Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of the professional arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.lambfuneralhomes.com.
Open Visitation: Will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the Plymouth Congregational Church in Orient.
Mary Bell Purdy passed away on October 3, 2023. She was born October 6, 1928, in Creston, Iowa, to the late
Henry Merle Young and Martha Elisabeth Young.
Mary was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
Mary was joined in marriage to Arthur Stephen Purdy in Troy, Kansas on June 22, 1946.
Mary loved the Lord and her family fiercely. She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church of Orient, where she found solace and strength in her faith. Mary's children and grandchildren were her proudest accomplishments. Mary's hobbies included crafts of all kinds, as well as garage sales and flea markets. She had a keen eye for finding hidden treasures and enjoyed creating beautiful pieces. Mary was also a historian of facts when it came to Orient and Creston. Her body grew weak but her mind was sharp until the end.
Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Jack Rew of Overland Park, KS; her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Linda Purdy of Orient, IA; her daughter-in-law, Donna Purdy of Milford, IA; her sister, Claudia (Gary) Hammond of Waco, TX; 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild on the way.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Stephen Purdy; her son, Gene Purdy; three brothers, Tom Young, Richard Young, and Harry Young; her father-in-law, Arthur Leslie Purdy; her mother-in-law, Elma Etta Purdy; her grandson, Chad Seamon; her grandson, Todd Frantzen; her granddaughter, Tonya Florence; her granddaughter, Kristin Purdy.