Edna Purviance

Obituary of Edna Purviance

Edna Purviance passed away on May 8, 2009. Edna was born in Orienta, Wisconsin on October 2, 1922 to Swedish immigrants Erick and Anna Gidlof. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she became one of the first group of women hired to learn to operate a turret lathe at the machine shop at Bremerton navy Yard. It was during this time that she met then Tech. Sgt. Lyman Purviance of the Marine Corp. They were married on November 7, 1942. Edna held a variety of jobs; she owned "The Swede's Shoppe", was a school cook on Lopez Island, and was a political and survey taker for the Harris poll company. She was a member of the Vasa Lodge and the Daughters of America. Her interests included reading, collecting records, playing Scrabble, and Mariner baseball. She enjoyed writing Haiku poetry and was the editor of her own little Haiku magazine: "Portals", Her husband, Lyman preceded her in death in 1984. She is survived by her children, Jake, David, Sara, and John and his wife, Susan. She also leaves behind her brothers, Ralph, Lee and her family in Sweden plus cousins, nieces and nephews. Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at www.JernsFuneralChapel.net
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Pleasant Hill Cemetery
East Pleasant Hill
Road Farmington, Illinois, United States
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