Sandra L. Purcell

Sandra L. (Brown) Purcell, 65, of Long Bottom, Ohio, departed this plane on Jan. 10 ,2013, at the Cleveland Clinic, after a brief illness.

Sandy was born in Mt. Clemens, Mich., on March 4,1947, to Richard B. and Clara Hall Brown. She moved with her family to Parkersburg in 1953. Sandy graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1965, and was active in GAA, Junior Orchesis and was a member of the Sports Carnival Royalty Court. She was a pioneer in girls’ athletics at PHS, earning one of the first Varsity Letters given to a woman. She was a very proud supporter of girls’ athletics in the Mid-Ohio Valley. She was a beautician in the Parkersburg and Belpre areas for many years, until she retired. She was also a very active volunteer with the Sheltered Workshop in Parkersburg, now known as SW Resources. Sandy loved to travel, and with her husband by her side, she lived in Pittsfield, Mass., Cleveland, Ohio, and Alpine, Ariz., before retiring to Long Bottom, Ohio. During the course of her lifetime, she was able to enjoy Europe and much of her own country. Sandy was a very loving, giving soul and always thought of others before herself. She was an avid gardener, landscape designer and animal lover. She was a light in all of our lives and will be forever missed.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Richie; and her sisters, Judy Jarvis, Phyllis Boston and Anne West. She is survived by her loving husband, Thomas; son, Paul Harris; step-daughter, Sasha (Charles) Brown; grandchildren, Lauren and Chase; several nieces and nephews; many friends; and her dog, Fiona.

A private memorial service will be held at a later time.

The family requests that donations be made in her name to the Meigs County Dog Shelter, 41790 Fairgrounds Lane, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769.

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