Joan E. Purdum

August 25, 1933October 29, 2018

Joan Evelyn (Grelland) Purdum, 85, of Camano Island passed away peacefully and surrounded by her beloved husband and family on Monday, October 29 at 9:48 pm.

Joan was born on August 25, 1933 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. As the second of four children, she grew up in a home where faith and music were woven into the fabric of her loving family. She learned to play piano and played the organ in church when she was young, as well as singing alto in choir most of her life. She missed being involved in church in her later years due to ongoing health issues, but her love for her savior was a steady hand in her life.

After graduating from high school in Prince Albert, Joan moved to Windsor, Ontario for work, and from there to the U.S., where she eventually became a citizen. She was proud to be an American! It was during that time that she became a mother to her 3 children, who would ultimately make her a grandmother and great grandmother.

In 1979 Joan married the love of her life, Gerald “Jerry” Purdum in Edmonds, WA. They began a story book romance and adventure that lasted the rest of her life. Jerry swept her off her feet and together they traveled the world and all 50 states. During his career, they lived in 5 states, and eventually retired in their dream home on Camano Island. She spent the rest of her life surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as countless relatives and wonderful friends. Joan retired from banking in 1979 and then spent a lot of her time volunteering. From hospitals, Meals on Wheels, and giving out coffee and refreshments to weary travelers at the I-5 rest stop with the American Legion, she had a huge heart for helping others.

Joan was an accomplished seamstress, and also loved to crochet. She was a fantastic cook and hosted many gatherings over the years as well. She bowled for many years with her husband in Stanwood in the Senior League, where she maintained a surprisingly high average. In the last few years as she slowed down, she liked to read, have lunch with friends and spend time with her husband and family. She loved playing cards, and Phase 10 was her favorite game. It became a huge family tradition, and the running joke was that Grandma usually won!

She was a longtime member of the Daughters of Norway in Silvana where she was the social director, and a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary as a past president. She would tell you that her biggest accomplishment however, was the amazing, big and loving family that adored her and that she loved so much.

Joan is survived by her beloved husband Jerry, her 3 children, Debbie (John) DeLeo, Fred (Youwei) Cramer, Johanne (Matthew) Miller, 3 step children, Dana (Jay ) Volk, Vicki Urias, Scott Purdum, 12 grandchildren: Johnny, Mark, Steve, Scott, Chad, Cory, Michael, Warren, Darren, Krystal, Stephanie and Gabriel, and 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Olaf and Johanne Grelland, her brother Richard Grelland and sisters Ruth McCulloch and Arlene Wardrop.

Joan’s family would like to thank the staff, and especially the Nurses and aids of Josephine Caring Community in Stanwood WA for their amazing care and genuine love for Joan. We will celebrate Joan’s life with a service at 11am, Thursday Novemer 8th at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Stanwood Wa.


Joan E. Purdum

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Sue Cox

November 6, 2018

Johanne, I only knew some about your mom since we've only been friends for a short time. But I know she was a special lady because you are. The love and care you show others you must have learned first hand from watching your mother. I wish I could have met her. But I will someday in Heaven. Love you much and continued prayers for you and your family.

Trip Hussey

November 2, 2018

We laughed together and we cried together. She supported me and advised me. She helped me relate to Canadians and West Coasters. I introduced her to Southern Hospitality. I cut her grass. She cut an eye. I love her family. She loved mine. She was eloquent as a queen. I was a Jester. She comforted me and I comforted her. She helped mold me as a young man. What a smile she had...and that laugh!

Thank you Joan Purdum for the memories. You impacted many people and your aura will brighten the lights of heaven. I will see you again and we will laugh when no one is looking! I will miss you until then. Blessings to the family. Thank you for my sons.