Dorothy Purk

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PIQUA — Dorothy A. Purk, age 88, of Piqua, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday July 7, 2015 at 7:43 p.m. at Mercy McAuley Center, Urbana, Ohio.

She was born in Champaign County, Ohio, on Aug. 16, 1926, to the late Albert Laurel and Margaret (Locker) Bodey. On March 13, 1948, in St. Paris, Ohio, she married Paul E. Purk. He preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1981.

Dorothy is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, William and Keri Purk, Urbana, Ohio; two grandchildren, Ali Purk and Caitlin Purk, both of Urbana, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Bodey, Urbana, Ohio, and Ruth Bryan, Piqua, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Don Swartz, Pleasant Hill, Ohio, and Richard (Marilyn) Purk, Sebring, Florida; a special niece, Pat Smith, Piqua, OH; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Dorothy attended Madison Avenue Church of God, Piqua. She also attended Springcreek Baptist Church, Piqua, Ohio. Dorothy was a member of Orange Township Homemakers of Shelby County, Ohio, and High Point String Players of Bellefontaine, Ohio. She was a former member of the musical groups: Easy Country and High Country. Dorothy was also an active volunteer for the Lockington Fire Department, Lockington, Ohio, for many years. She was a homemaker and an excellent seamstress. Dorothy also taught rug making, quilting and made 487 sets of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls.

Funeral services will be held on Monday July 13, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua with the Rev. Nancy Hardin officiating. Burial will follow at Fletcher Cemetery, Fletcher.

Friends may call Sunday, July 12, 2015, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

A memorial service in memory of Dorothy will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Mercy McAuley Center, Urbana, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lockington Fire Department, 10363 Museum Trail, Piqua, OH 45356.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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646 W. High St.
Piqua, OH 45356
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Published in Sidney Daily News from July 9 to July 10, 2015