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Marsha Lynn Purcell

October 10, 1946October 10, 2020

Marsha Lynn Purcell died Oct 10, 2020, at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City AZ. Marsha was born Oct 10, 1946 in Hillsboro, IL to William H. Purcell Jr. and Frances (Tucker) Purcell She graduated in 1969 from SIU Carbondale with a degree in Spanish She moved to Los Angles in 1970. Marsha was an Account Executive for a Spanish Radio Station in Los Angles Ca. Marsha and Life Partner Richard moved to Sun City AZ in 2017. Marsha loved bird watching and painting. She volunteered at LA’s Children Hospital to help unwell children through art. Marsha is survived by Life Partner Richard Ackerberg, , daughter Kira Ackerberg of Sun City AZ, Brother Bill (Mary) Purcell of Surprise AZ, Nephews Michael Derry of Witt IL, William (Jenna) Purcell of Edwardsville IL, Joseph (Joey) Purcell of Indianapolis IN. She was preceded in death by her parents and Sister Sharon Lee Derry

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Janet Maninfior-Compton

October 18, 2020

Bill, don’t know if you remember me but Marsha and I were good friends in junior and senior high. She and Terri were my bridesmaids. Last saw her when she came back to California after she had moved to AZ and us IL girls flew in to Terri’s. I live in FL now but we had such a fun trip and got to laugh about so many fun times we had. We kept in touch and I was so sorry to hear when she got sick. So many prayers were said and she will be missed by so many. May she Rest In Peace and May God bless you and your family in the coming months. Janet Maninfior Compton

Hessler de la Cruz

October 17, 2020

Oh you sweet angel..... we need souls like yours multiplied by millions on this earth... you have left so much love here Marsha... when my time comes I will be happy to get a fraction of the love you are getting from your loved ones, friends and family... you Marsha are the pure example of an angel and as everyone here... Im deeply saddened... I also remember your craft tables like everyone does.... you know Marsha... the one thing I remember about my grandma is making sounds with rose petals... I will remember your crafts and love Marsha.... I know we will eventually meet again Marsha and I hope to see your smile and all the love you gave us again. We love you.

LOREN BLUMBERG

October 16, 2020

Marsha and I worked together at Super Estrella Radio. She was such a kind soul. She had such great relationships with her accounts. She will be missed. Sending my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to Richard, her friends and Family. May she R.I.P.

David Haymore

October 16, 2020

I am not ashamed to admit that I have shed tears over the loss of my dear friend Marshita. Thank you, Mel, for calling me with the tender news. On October 9th, I misread my calendar and called Marsha to wish her a happy birthday. I was sad that she didn’t answer the phone for our almost annual chat to reminisce and laugh out loud over the good old times. The nest day, I realized that I had called her a day early. Ironically, on October 10th, I was mourning the loss of my mother exactly 10 years ago. I was also celebrating the 3rd birthday of my granddaughter, Emerson “Grace”, named in honor of my mother.

Hence, I feel a deep sense of loss. But, I also feel grateful for Marsha’s friendship, example, kindness, strength, integrity, and so, so many other traits and gifts. I remember her leading our artistic activities at Super Estrella “Fun Days”. A brilliant move on her part given the number of injuries and sore muscles that so many of us sustained (I know you are smiling).

My dear Marsha, may you truly rest in peace and may your loved ones and friends be consoled and celebrate your life....a remarkable life. Vaya con Dios!

Melissa Prouty

October 16, 2020

Marsha was instrumental in helping me to get my first media sales gig and she was by far my biggest cheerleader in both my professional and personal life aside from my mom. She encouraged me to follow my heart when I struggled with the decision of whether to leave a high paying job and the media industry. She helped me get into counseling and fight for my own happiness. She encouraged me to journal and live life fearlessly - I remember calling her from Arusha, Tanzania to tell her that I made up my mind on my Kilimanjaro hike that it was time for me to switch gears. All the while, she never stopped rooting for me no matter where I was in the world or what crazy new thing I was doing. And Marsha KNEW that I was a born teacher before I realized it - I was staying a yoga retreat place on Lamu in Kenya when the owner got sick and told me I would teach the morning yoga session. I called Marsha in a panic and she was like “oh Little Mel! You’ve totally got this!” She always believed in me and lifted me up. Her beautiful smile was mesmerizing and she just exuded kindness, peace and love. She was so passionate about art and loved sharing the healing therapeutic nature of art with everyone! Marshita, I am a better person and woman for striving to be like you when I “grow up”. I love you with all my heart...Godspeed my sweet friend and teacher. I am so grateful you were there for me during the dark nights of the soul and so blessed to call you not only pillar/mentor but friend.
Godspeed sweet friend...Godspeed😘😘😘

Yolanda Romersa

October 16, 2020

Marsha was so kind and extremely helpful to me in my early Account Executive days at Super Estrella and KLAX. Always helpful and selfless, and a True Pro full of Kindness. May her Family be comforted and may she RIP in Heaven. One of the Great Ones....

Millie Tezanos

October 16, 2020

I am so incredibly saddened by this news. I met Marsha thru work but she was also a very dear friend. She was always selfless, kind, warm and sharing in all she did. We shared many special moments, but the one I know she will want remembered was the time we went to see Mana - mind you, it was HER birthday and I was technically her client, she got tickets to the show and invited me to go. Having always had a crush on lead singer Fer - she was so excited to see the show. I told her at the concert, after finding out it was her birthday, that we would get backstage no matter what. We managed to get backstage and I made her wait in line with me to meet Fer, told him it was her birthday/she was a big fan and we both had a tequila shot with him. I'll never forget the smile on her face or that memory that will last a lifetime. With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes - I send my deepest condolences to her family. Know that heaven has another kind-hearted star in its midst. I will miss you dear friend, tremendously. Millie

Haz M

October 16, 2020

I just can't believe this. Marsha was the epitome of kindness. In a world that has a lot of aggression and cruelty, she was kind. We needed more of her and from her here. Please take care of others, like she did. Please be kind like she was. Please love like she did.

penelope wakeman

October 16, 2020

Sweet, sweet Marsha. We worked together years ago and she was the kindest woman you'd ever meet. She donated her time as a leader/teacher and her own personal resources so that our office could have Arts and Crafts sessions - because she loved with a big, open heart and giving joy to the world made her happy. Sending love and prayers to her loved ones.

Rick Nelson

October 16, 2020

I meet Marsha in 1970 just after I married he cousin Andrea Jane Patterson. Andrea passed July 28, 2020, after 51 years of marriage .
Our marriage was a gift. Thank you Andrea. Marsha dear Marsha, I can see you and Andrea laffing and goofing around now without any pain.

Lord I will miss you two so much.
God bless you both.
LOVE RICK

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