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Judith A. (Poundstone) Purcell



OTTAWA — Judith Ann “Judy” Purcell, 76, passed away peacefully June 17 at The Montebello on Academy health care facility in Albuquerque, N.M.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Grand Ridge United Methodist Church with services to follow. The Rev. Anne Ferguson will officiate. Burial will take place in Grand Ridge Cemetery.

Judy was born Oct. 25, 1941, in Ottawa, to Christopher “Berkley” Poundstone and Catherine (Black), of Grand Ridge.

She grew up on a farm along with her six siblings. She had many responsibilities which is believed to have translated to the strong work ethic she showed throughout her life. Summertime trips to movie night in Grand Ridge were a highlight for her while growing up. Among her activities were cheerleading, playing the piano and 4-H.

Judy graduated from Ottawa High School in 1959 and attended Northern Illinois University. Following college, Judy was employed by Charles O. Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletics baseball team. Throughout much of her life, until she retired, she worked as an executive administrative assistant for companies such as Charles H. Eichelkraut & Son in Ottawa, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Wallace Computer Services in Lisle.

During her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, and was a volunteer for the Republican Party in the Downers Grove area.

Judy married Edward L. Purcell on Sept. 11, 1965, and they had two children, Heather Purcell-Bushno, of Reno, Nev., and David Purcell, of Branford, Conn. Edward passed away Jan. 17, 1972. She was later married to Judge John D. Zwanzig for five years.

Judy was a loving, caring mother, who doted on her kids. She had a zest for life personality that would light up a room and was a phenomenal motivator. She also was known for her kindness, generosity and quick wit. Fond memories of her children include Judy displaying her retro fifties dance moves and playing the piano.

In 2010, Judy suffered a stroke, which left her disabled for the past eight years.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Surviving family members are her aforementioned children, three grandchildren, Skyler Bushno, Cole and Ben Purcell; and siblings, Nancy Allen and Kent, Dale and Robert Poundstone.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Edward; her parents; and siblings, Debra Beckman and Gary Poundstone.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or I-80 Chapter of Ambucs, 210 Shipyard Road, Seneca, IL 61360.

Cremation services were provided by French Funerals & Cremations, Albuquerque, N.M.

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