Judith E. Soper Purvis

January 13, 1937June 1, 2018

Judith “Judy” Soper Purvis, 81, of Traverse City passed away Friday, June 1, 2018. Judy was born January 13, 1937 in Detroit to Helen Jones. In 1976 she applied for and got a job at the new K-Mart in Traverse City, working there until her retirement in January of 1998.

Judy enjoyed crocheting, reading and crossword puzzles. She especially loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters Christine Maguire, Patricia (Ed) McPherson; sons David Soper, Michael Soper, and John Soper; ten grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Judy also is survived by four sisters and 3 brothers.

A funeral service is planned for Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1 p.m. with visitation one hour prior at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.


  • Visitation Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 4, 2018

Judith E. Soper Purvis

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Sherry Sisco

June 5, 2018

Chris and family - I am so sorry for you loss. Losing a parent/grandparent is never an easy thing. The easy part as believers is knowing you are not saying good-bye but rather see you later. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sherry and Steve Sisco


June 3, 2018

Dearest Christine,
I did not know your mother, but do know the heartache of saying goodbye to that one and only very special person. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
G-d Bless.

Pam Joy

June 1, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of Aunt Judy. I especially will remember her kindness and laughter. I enjoyed the time Aunt Judy came to visit me in North Carolina with my mom and Fran. We had a good time. My prayers are with all of you. God Bless everyone! Your cousin, Pam