June 10, 1926-March 4, 2018
DAVENPORT — Funeral services for Billy Purcell, 91, of Davenport, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Billy passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, at her home.
Billy Jean Kastner was born June 10, 1926, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, daughter of Fred and JoEtta (Avant) Kastner. She married Joseph Michael Purcell on December 31, 1944, in Arizona.
She was proud to have been a crossing guard at the same corner at 4th and Howell streets, Davenport, crossing the students of Monroe Elementary and Smart Intermediate schools for 38 years.
Billy was the matriarch at Sovereign Grace Missionary Baptist Church having been a member for over 30 years.
Billy cherished her family and was known for family dinners that included bean tostadas, pecan pie and banana pudding. She also loved to eat fish prepared by her grandson, Corey. Billy loved anything Native American or Southwestern décor. She loved crafts, creating her own jewelry and hand painting figurines.
Survivors include her children, Mike (Linda) Purcell, Pleasant Valley, Connie (Rick) Harris, Davenport, Tammy (Charles) Ridenour, Buffalo, and Billie Jo Law, Davenport; a daughter-in-law, Janice Purcell, Davenport; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother, Charles (Trula) Kastner, Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death her son, Shawn Purcell; her former husband, Joseph "Mickey" Purcell; great-grandsons, Trey Teel and Trey Purcell; her parents; and a brother, Fred Kastner, Jr.
The Purcell family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Davenport Lutheran Home, Genesis East, and Hospice Compassus for all the compassionate and loving care they shared with Billy.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Billy's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com