Harriet Ann Wilkins

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  • "Beautiful lady.. Beautiful spirit.. May your wonderful..."
    - Joanna Purkeypile
  • "My condolences to the whole family. She will be missed. ..."
    - Judith and Jim Wilson
  • "I will miss you sweet grandmother, I always knew you were..."
    - Justin Purkeypile
  • "We will miss your joy, your smile, your humor. We love you."
    - Carol/Annette Cordero
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Harriet Ann Wilkins, 83, of Conroe, Texas left this world to be with her heavenly Father, July 8, 2016 at 6:15 a.m., embraced in her loving family's arms.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island on September 26, 1932 to Captain and Mrs. Jackson Bankhead Williams; Our mother, Ann, graduated from Washington and Lee High School in 1950. She went on to attend the Sorbonne in Paris, France where she was later married to Lester Purkeypile in 1950.

In 1985, she was ordained in the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Northwest Texas as one of the first female Deacons in Episcopal history. A minister to the sick and dying, she traveled thousands of miles to visit folks who were shut-ins.

Ann was the Secretary for the League of Women Voters (Lubbock chapter). She also served with the National Organization of Women and was member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She fought for the Equal Rights Amendment with great gusto. She was a friend to luminaries in film, TV and literature; Her children never knew what interesting person they might encounter at their dinner table.

Ann managed the Texas Tech University Bookstore in Lubbock, Texas for many years, assisting four of her children with graduating from "Raiderland". She also worked at the George Washington University Bookstore for many years. A voracious reader and writer, she consumed 3 to 5 books a week for 60 years. She published hundreds of poems and articles for numerous journals and newspapers.

She instilled her love of art, music and literature in her six children, ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and hundreds of "spiritual sons and daughters".

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Jackson Bankhead Williams, II, and her first husband, Lester Purkeypile. Ann is survived by her loving husband, James Rowland Wilkins, her children: Richard Dee Purkeypile and spouse, Teresa, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Jeffery Davis Purkeypile and spouse, Joyce, of Lubbock, Texas, Louria Annette Purkeypile and spouse, Kathy, of Conroe, Texas, Scot Dale Purkeypile of Conroe, Texas, Alcinda Rose Purkeypile Dorsett and spouse, Allen, of Lubbock, Texas, and Les Jackson Purkeypile and spouse, Paula, of Lubbock, Texas; and ten grandchildren: Thomas, Joseph Dee, Lisha, Jacob, Christopher, Austin, Nicholas, Justin, Joshua and Brice; and seven great grandchildren.

A Celebration of life will be held 2:00PM Tuesday July 12, 2016 at St. James Episcopal Church Conroe, Texas.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from July 10 to July 23, 2016
Arrangements under the direction of:
Metcalf Funeral Directors
1801 East White Oak Terrace | Conroe, TX 77304 | (936) 756-3311
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