Marian Lucille Young Purswell of Martindale, Texas passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the age of 90. She was surrounded in person and in spirit by her family. She was born on June 13, 1926 in Morganville, Kansas to Clayton and Ella Young. She married Arthur Don Purswell on June 3, 1950 and moved to Texas, where she was proud to live for the rest of her life. Having completed business college, she began working as a secretary at Harper Seed Farms where she worked for many years.
Marian, Mother, Granny, Mrs. Purswell, Mrs. P., Aunt Marian, Mrs. Marian – she went by many names, and touched so many lives in different ways. Those who knew her recognized they could count on her to listen without judgment or unsolicited advice. She was an active member of Martindale Baptist Church, an enthusiastic gardener, and she loved antiques and traveling. She could often be found in the kitchen making her famous jellies and pickles and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by three siblings and survived by her husband of 66 years, Don Purswell. She is also survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Kathy Purswell, Clay and Paula Purswell, Don Jr. and Dana Purswell; her ten grandchildren, Sarah Nicholson, Leah Oliver, Katie Purswell, Rebekah Sparhawk, Nathan Purswell, Taylor Claiborne, Rachel Purswell, Cole Purswell, Joshua Purswell, and Caleb Purswell; and ten great-grandchildren.
Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, April 19 at Martindale Baptist Church in Martindale, Texas. Interment to follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to Martindale Baptist Church, 12351 Hwy 142, Martindale, TX 78655.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North Comanche, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com
Doris TeelApril 17th, 2017 on 9:50 pm
So very sorry for your family, Don,. As you know, your Mom was an amazing woman. My love to you all! ❤
Gwen McWhorter CookApril 17th, 2017 on 10:37 pm
Kathy and Rodney, please accept my condolences. I am so sorry for your loss and your family is in my prayers and thoughts. God bless you, Gwen McWhorter Cook
Katherine GlazeApril 18th, 2017 on 12:12 am
I will miss Marian very much!!! She is my role model. At first when she told me that she and Don never fought, I thought how can that be? But I started modeling that behavior and my own marriage improved. She was always willing to serve and to help anyone who needed help with the different projects at MBC. I am having a hard time imaging not having her there to greet me every Sunday. Love and God’s peace and love to all the Purswell family – and especially to Don, my prayers are for you today and in the coming months.
Pam & Bob NicholsonApril 18th, 2017 on 5:03 pm
Dear Rodney & Kathy, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless, Bob & Pam Nicholson
Jerry & Sue LoerchApril 18th, 2017 on 5:38 pm
We always looked forward to a warm welcome from Marian as she greeted us at the Church entry. What a wonderful role model as a wife, mother,etc. Friend and Christian Lady!
Kenwood MaekerApril 18th, 2017 on 5:54 pm
She was a very special lady . My deepest sympathy to Author Don and the family.
Jim & Joyce EvansApril 18th, 2017 on 9:36 pm
Our son and his family attend Martindale Baptist Church where we first met Mrs.P – she was truly a remarkable lady and a friend to all, especially to our granddaughter,Taylor. We will miss her dearly and I will miss her delicious pickled beets. We love you Mrs. P. and Mr. P.
Walter BagleyApril 19th, 2017 on 1:07 pm
Rodney, Clay, and Peanut: So sorry to hear about your mother. Our thoughts are with you and yours today. I will miss seeing your mom at the post office and getting updates on your activities. She was an enjoyable person to be around.
Donny & Connie BagleyApril 19th, 2017 on 9:22 pm
Sending our condolences, thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Marian always had a kind thoughtful reassuring word for me during the Royal Ambassodor years. Fun times, great memories.
God be with you,