Agnes Lou Purdy

November 16, 2023

Agnes Lou Purdy, age 83, passed away gently on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at Homestead Assisted Living in Wellington, Kansas. She was born on August 31, 1940, in rural Argonia, Kansas, at her maternal grandparents farm house to John and Naomi I. (Davis) Korbel.

She married Bobby Lee Purdy on January 15, 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blackwell, Oklahoma.

Agnes was a spirited soul and dedicated her life to caring for others. As a nurse, she tirelessly served the residents, always willing to put in extra time, whether it was an extra shift or a double. Her resilience and determination were admirable, but it was her nurturing spirit that truly left an indelible mark on all the lives she touched. After 47 years of dedication to residents in nursing homes, Agnes retired from nursing in 2019 at the age of 77. No matter the time she put in at work, she was always ready to go home and watch her grandchildren and then later, her great grandchildren. She would not have had it any other way. Agnes' love for her family was boundless. Her home was always filled with the laughter of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, filling her days with joy.

She loved to cook, especially for large groups. Agnes had a famous chicken noodle soup. She and her sister would often make kolaches. Once a year they would make the kolaches by the hundreds for the annual Polkatennial at the Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas. While many loved the smell of homemade meals and treats, Agnes loved skunks and didn't let their smell keep her from admiring them. As a teenager, she had a pet skunk for several years.

Agnes enjoyed visiting with people. She was able to do so as she served on the South Haven area Election Board for over 40 years.

Agnes was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blackwell, Oklahoma and attended the Community Church of South Haven in South Haven, Kansas.

Agnes is survived by her sister, Lelia Wilson-Hine of Braman, Oklahoma; daughter, Carla Crenshaw and her husband Dan of South Haven, Kansas; granddaughter, Emily Harding and her husband Michael of South Haven, Kansas; grandson, Zeke Crenshaw and his wife Shala of South Haven, Kansas; grandson, Seth Crenshaw of South Haven, Kansas; great-grandchildren: Logan, Merrick, Brookelynn, Bohen, Beckett, and another due in April; brother-in-law; and sister-in-law, Wayne and Jean Purdy of Blackwell, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Merlyn Hurd of New York, New York; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bobby Purdy; her parents, John and Naomi Korbel; brother-in-laws: Eugene Wilson and Roy Hine; and brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws: Melvin (Dorothy) Purdy, Marvin (Wilma) Purdy, Max (Edith) Purdy, and Hugh Hurd.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Cornejo Funeral Home & Crematory. Family will be present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will take place at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 9, 2023 at the Community Church of South Haven, in South Haven, Kansas. Interment will follow the service at Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven.

A memorial fund has been established in her loving memory with the Community Church of South Haven for church pew cushions. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.

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Arrangements are by Cornejo Funeral Home, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, Kansas.