|Marlene F. Purchase, 77, died Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Neb.
She was born May 5, 1936 in Avon, Ill. to Jay Calvin and Garnett Marie (Yocum) Hornbaker. She married Melvin L. Purchase on May 17, 1957 in Avon. He survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Becky (Mark) Hannam of Galesburg, Ill.; brother, J.C. (Gloria) Hornbaker of Prairie City, Ill.; sisters, Kate (Frank) Havens of Prairie City and Marilee Moore of Cameron, Ill.; six grandchildren; Bobbie (and Chris) Amburgey, Ben (and Caiti) Hannam, Jacob Hannam, Sara (and Brian) Zaro, Olivia Vogel and Anna Vogel and five great grandchildren; Page, Draco, Sylus, Luke and Aiden. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Terry Lee Purchase; and her daughter, Diana Lyn Purchase-Vogel.
She enjoyed reading, puzzles, taking pictures, playing Scrabble, cross-stitch, craft painting and camping. She was also a collector of teddy bears, Beanie Babies, tins, pins, quotes and verses and the most unique, clothing labels. Her greatest joy came from her grandchildren. She was their "#1 Fan" and enjoyed watching their many activities. She loved people and enjoyed many friendships.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Dr. Tom Larsen will officiate. Visitation will be 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the chapel. Burial will be in the Prairie City Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer at P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.