January 22, 2009

(2/26/1920 - 1/14/2009)

Ruby L. Purvis, 88, life long resident of Scotland County, Missouri, died Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, Missouri.

She was born February 26, 1920 in Scotland County to Emmor Rolla and Marjory Blanche Shook Spees. She attended Spees Country School.

Ruby married Phillip Elmer Purvis on January 29, 1936 in Kirksville, Missouri and to this union a daughter was born.

Ruby and her husband were farmers. After his death in 1987 she continued to live on the farm and at age 85 she was having logs cut and bulldozing done on her farm.

Ruby was a member of the First Christian Church in Memphis. She served as Deaconess, Chairman of the Christian Workers and Supply Superintendent for many years. She was a volunteer for the Scotland County Oats Bus and one year received the "Volunteer of the Year" award. She was a beauty operator and operated her own business, Ruby's Prim Parlor, for twenty years.

One of Ruby's greatest joys was playing music with "The Missouri Travelers'" at nursing homes and senior centers. She played the guitar and sang with the group that included Elmer and their friends.

Survivors include her daughter Carol Vance; three grandchildren: Lonnie Vance and his wife, Jan; Connie Ruff and her husband, Doug and Patty Forchee and her husband, Mark, all of St. Charles, Missouri; five great-grandchildren: Courtney Tiesing, Landon Vance, Lindsay Vance, Dustin Ruff and Madalyn Ruff, all of St. Charles, Missouri. She is also survived by a sister, Bernice Lister, of Bloomfield, Iowa; a sister-in-law, June Spees of Downing, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Bill Purvis and his wife, Verna, of Memphis, Missouri; many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents who raised her, her parents, two sisters: Marie Garrett, Dorothy Followell and a brother, Vern Spees,


Funeral services were held Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. with Brother Jack Sumption officiating. Joe Fulk, organist played The Old Rugged Cross and How Great Thou Art. Burial was in the Concord Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ronnie Brown, Richard Purvis, Lynn Purvis, Larry Purvis, Jamie Kice and Phil Duley. . As an expression of sympathy memorials may be given to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or the Scotland County Nutrition Center. Online condolence may be sent to mmphisfh@nemr.net.

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