Lily (Merle) Purvis

Lily (Merle) Purvis


July 23, 1915 – February 23, 2013

It is with great sadness that we

announce that Merle passed away peacefully in her sleep at home. She was predeceased by her

husband Tom, in 1996.She will

be lovingly remembered by her daughter Betsy Buchanan (Bob), her granddaughters Dawn

MacLeod (Glenn) and Dee

Buchanan (Dorothy). She will

also be sadly missed by her

great-grandchildren Joel and

Jana as well as Dorothy’s children Caitlyn and Matthew.

Merle was born in Montreal 97 years ago and worked in the catering department at Eaton’s. In 1974 the family moved to Cranbrook, and then to Kelowna 33 years ago. She enjoyed her card games with all who shared her life-her family and friends. Up until recently, she also enjoyed going out

shopping at WalMart twice a week, where she greeted

sales staff as old friends, not to forget the bus drivers

who used to drive her there.

Her family was her greatest joy, from making gingerbread houses with her grandchildren to making up Christmas packages, etc. She also had a strong passion for the

Toronto Blue Jays, cheering them on the whole season,

as well as watching tennis and curling. She herself was

an avid baseball and tennis player in her youth. In her last years, she enjoyed our pets, as well as watching the many birds that came to the feeders in the back yard. We will miss and cherish our memories of our “NANA” and we are so thankful that we were able to have her at home in her last years. The family will hold a private celebration of her life

in the near future.

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Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial

Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC


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