Waneta Marie Purvis, 98, of Hagerstown, died Friday, February 3, 2023, at Reid Health, following a brief illness.
She was born in Arcadia, IN on October 19, 1924 to Urshell and Bertha (Smith) Pulley. At age 3 ½ she lost her mother and lived with her grandparents. She lived most of her life in Marion and had resided in Hagerstown for the past several years.
She attended Van Buren High school, earned a degree in Stenography from Marion Business College and, when her 60s, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art. She worked for 1 ½ years at Delta, the Anaconda for 3 ½ years and for 40 years in nursing at the Marion VA Hospital, where she won many awards.
She attended Dublin Friends Church. She was a member of Whitewater Valley Art Association and Henry County Art Association. Waneta was an accomplished artist and won several awards for her work. In January of this year, she was delighted to have a dual art show, with her daughter, Anita, at Whitewater Valley Art Association in Connersville.
She loved animals, flowers, jewelry and travelling. With her husband, she travelled to Greece, France, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon and Italy. With her daughter, she travelled to Alaska, England, Wales, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
Survivors include her daughter, Anita Crull (Tim); 3 grandchildren, Timothy Chad Crull, William Todd Crull and Brandi Farmer; 10 great-grandchildren, Marti Crull, Noah Federico, Cassie Federico, James Crull, Zachary Crull, Heather Crull, Olivia Crull, William Crull, Sophia Farmer and Zane Farmer; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Catarina Crull and Lillian Crull; a niece, Cheryl Bauer, and a nephew, Roy Reichenbach.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Charles William (Bill) Purvis, in 1988 and a sister, Berneta Underwood in 2015.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 PM on Wednesday, February 8, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Services will be at 1:00 PM on Thursday at the funeral home. Phil Baisley will officiate. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion.