Pamela Purdy, 86


Pamela “Pam” Purdy passed away on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at the age of 86 years.

Pam was born on Sept. 21, 1927, in Peterborough, England to John and Sarah (nee Longland) Griffin. She married Dee Bryn Purdy on Dec. 12, 1945, in England at the close of World War II.

Pam and Dee were foster parents to 25 children over a 25-year period of time. These children varied in age from 1 1/2 years to older teens.

Pam loved to garden and was a member of the West Bend Beautification Committee for many years. She loved to oil paint and knit, giving away many doll outfits and scarves to loved ones.

She was a member of Kettle Moraine Bible Church, where she was a teacher, and a VBS organizer. She was a child evangelism teacher in her home, and had Bible studies in her home for many years.

Pam is survived by her children Mark of Racine and Ross of Iron Ridge; daughter-in-law Colleen of Racine; seven grandchildren Tanya, Bryn Scott Jr. (LuAnn), Daniel (LaTasha), Cristin, Justin, Luke and Tryphena; and four great-grandchildren Colton, Brittany, Micah and Ian. Pam is further survived by her sister Kathleen Foster of England; brother Robert (Margaret) Griffin of England; sisters-in-law Stella Griffin of British Columbia, Canada, Brenda Griffin of England and Sandra Griffin of England; and stepmother Winifred Griffin of England; two foster children Stacey (Joe) Gremminger of Horicon and Denise (Tim) Folger; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.

Pam is preceded in death by her husband Dee, son Bryn, daughter-in-law Kathy, parents John and Sarah, and brothers John, Patrick and Peter Griffin, and stepbrother Christopher.

A funeral service for Pam will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West Bend, with the Rev. Kevin Sadler presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3-4:45 p.m. on Friday. Interment will take place at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Washington County Memorial Park.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.