OBITUARY

Opal Sue Purvis

July 12, 1933March 24, 2021
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Opal S. Purvis (Fabian), age 87, from Darien, IL, passed away peacefully on March, 24, 2021. Loving Wife to Alvah Purvis. Beloved Mother to Joanne (Kurt) Schorsch, Fred (Kelly) Fabian, Ed (Carmen) Fabian, Jeannie (Greg) Krucek. Cherished Grandmother of Lauren (Matt) Mohrman, Melissa (Brian) Nakagama, Amanda Schorsch, Weston Fabian, Trent Fabian, Connor Fabian, Morgan Fabian, Rachel Fabian, Austin Krucek, Jason Krucek. Adored Great-Grandmother to Nora Gene Nakagama. She will be missed dearly by many family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

  • Prayer Service

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

  • Private Interment

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

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Opal Sue Purvis

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Opal at 2 years old

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Opal as a teen in Tennessee

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Opal at 2 years old

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Opal as a teen in Tennessee

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Biography

Opal Sue Jones came from very humble beginnings, born in Cleveland, Tennessee to Noah H. Jones and Grace (Burke) Jones in 1933 on a small working farm with two older brothers (George and Johnny) and a younger sister (Nina). The family didn’t have much but what they could make, grow, or trade.

Opal was an independent spirit and decided early on to get out of Tennessee and earn her way in life. She moved to Illinois in the early 50’s, found a job at Reynolds Aluminum factory in McCook, met Fred Fabian, got married and had 4 children. She spent much of her early years managing the household, making meals, sewing and trying to make the best of the income they had. As a skilled seamstress, she made many of our clothes from Simplicity and McCalls patterns until we demanded store bought clothing instead. Reading nonfiction was a passion of hers and she acquired many books over the years. She even got a part-time job selling World Book Encyclopedias in the evenings as we got older and used her income to purchase all kinds of educational books. 

After Fred’s heart attack and subsequent retirement, she went into real estate in the early 80’s. Acquiring her own established real estate business, Baar & Baar Realtors was a dream come true for Opal. She poured her heart and soul into that business and whoever came into the office looking for opportunity, received it. She helped many people along the way find their niche and did what she could to help others get started. Opal had a big heart towards people that were in a tough place and helped many of her tenants get back on their feet again.

Opal lived by the motto, ‘God helps those who help themselves’ and was always looking for an angle to keep things moving forward. She was determined to make things work and didn’t give up easily. Opal could find humor in things many people wouldn’t laugh about. Hearing her laugh made others laugh because it was so contagious.

Her husband Fred passed away in 1986 and in 1994 she married, Al Purvis, an old friend from the Reynolds Aluminum days.

Al helped her with the real estate business as they acquired many rental properties that had to be maintained. It was a lot of work and very demanding. They eventually moved to Darien to be closer to the youngest of her children and two grandsons.

The house had a yard large enough to start a small fruit orchard and raise chickens. It was a done deal – she loved the house and she started planting fruit trees and acquired many chickens along the way. She loved taking care of her chickens, collecting eggs, and puttering around the yard with her flock following close behind. She didn’t even mind being called the ‘crazy chicken lady.’ Even though she left Tennessee behind, she was still a farm girl at heart.

Opal loved plants, trees and flowers and could wander for hours in a flower garden taking in nature. Her house had an abundance of plants both inside and out including fig trees that she stored in the barn during the cold northern winters. If anyone showed interest in a plant – they received one in a pot to take home.

She always dreamed of going to Alaska and walking the Appalachian trail but never quite made that dream come true.

Opal is survived by 4 children; Joanne (Kurt) Schorsch, Ed (Carmen) Fabian, Fred (Kelly) Fabian, Jeannie (Greg) Krucek, 10 grandkids Lauren (Matt) Mohrman, Melissa (Brian) Nakagama, Amanda Schorsch, Weston Fabian, Trent Fabian, Connor Fabian, Morgan Fabian, and Rachel Fabian, Austin Krucek, Jason Krucek and 1 great-granddaughter Nora Gene Nakagama.