Willa Devore Purcell

February 12, 1942June 29, 2019

Willa Devore Purcell, 77, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019 at her residence in Longview surrounded by her loving family. Willa Nell Devore was born February 12, 1942 in Pana, Illinois to Everett L. Devore and Mary Jane Dunham Devore. In 1959, she married the love of her life, James Keith Purcell, Sr. She worked as a machine operator at Stroh Can Plant. Willa and Keith raised four children, yet she always kept a tidy home. She enjoyed reading, collecting wolf memorabilia, and enjoyed sweets very much. Willa was a loving and caring person, especially when it came to her children and grandchildren. She loved her family beyond measure and will be greatly missed by those who loved her most. She was preceded in death by her parents. Willa is survived by her loving husband of 59 ½ years, Keith Purcell; daughter, Willa Suzanne Needs, sons, James Keith Purcell, Jr., Darrin Lee Purcell (Missy Purcell), and Matthew Aaron Purcell (Michelle Purcell); grandchildren, Amanda, Andrea, Allison, Zachary, William, Kayla, Lane, and Jaxon; five great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or The American Cancer Society in Willa’s name.


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mELba Shaw

July 6, 2019

Bo and I felt more like a kinship with Keith & Willa. The fellows
discussed their work & hunting, while Willa and I sat on the back porch & socialized. I could tell she was my instant "mudhole" friend! It's my own feeling about someone I meet and visit with for five minutes or longer. I may not see them again for twenty years. The next time we meet, I may be up to my neck in a mud hole; they won't ask questions, but instantly pull me out!
I once explained that to Willa. She liked my definition better!
;+)_ My sincere regards/prayers to Keith. Willa is in our hearts daily. Melba Simmons Shaw [Bo d 1-12-2016]

James Shaw

July 4, 2019

God bless her. She will be missed by all, especially family. Prayers for keith

Carla Murphy

July 3, 2019

Prayers for Keith and the rest of the family. ❤❤

Beverly Hamilton Dupree

July 2, 2019

Prayers & comfort for Keith & Willa’s family & friends.

Bev Hamilton