Mary Purdom

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Mary Virginia Purdom
October 12, 1924 - February 5, 2017
Mary Virginia Purdom was born October 12, 1924 in Fort Hancock, Texas to Earl and Pearl Mae (Williams) Fleming. Mary joined two older brothers Tom and Earl Fleming and her younger siblings were Martha J. (Fleming) Grimes, Nick and James Fleming. Mary's dad was a farmer raising cotton and their family lived in a tent on the banks of the Rio Grande River. The family moved often in search of work during the depression and they lived in New Mexico, California, Arkansas, Michigan and Illinois before settling in Eloy, Arizona where Mary attended grammar school. It was there she met her future husband James Woodrow (Woody) Purdom. Mary and Woody married on May 24, 1941 in Florence, Arizona.
Mary and Woody's first son Jim was born March of 1942 in Casa Grande, Arizona as was their second son Bill in June of 1943. When their son Bill was only 13 days old Woody, Mary and their sons traveled to Wilder, Idaho, sleeping on the desert ground with their two little boys between them. In 1945, Woody was inducted in the Army and during this time Mary worked in the hop fields and also Garrett Orchards packing sheds. After Woody was discharged from the Army in 1946, they lived in Homedale and then began farming southwest of there on Succor Creek. Mary and Woody hauled hay for two summers for various farmers and hauled it to the alfalfa mill wish was located where Helena Chemical is presently located. The hay they hauled there was ground into pellets and shipped on rail car to different areas of the country for cattle feed.
Mary worked in the kitchen at the Senior Citizen Center for several years as she was noted for her delicious pies and great food.
Mary was preceded in death by her son James Earl (Jimmie) Purdom in February 1957 and her husband James (Woody) Purdom, Mary and Woody were married for 69½ years before Woody passed in December 2010. Mary was also preceded in death by her siblings: Tom, Earl, Nick, and James Fleming and her sister Martha J. Grimes.
Mary is survived by her son, Bill (Judy) Purdom, sisters-in-law; Betty Adams and Bennye Hardy Cole; grandchildren: Christi (Dan) Smith, Steve (Tina) Purdom, Greg (Carina) Purdom and Kellie (Travis) Trout. Her great-grandchildren include: Samantha (Alex) Pacioretty, Brandy and Colter Smith, Kyle and Carlie Purdom, Gage, Bailey and Cylas Purdom, and Brady and Tayler Trout; and numerous special nieces and nephews too.
Services will be held Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Homedale. Interment will follow at Marsing-Homedale Cemetery. Condolences can be given at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 8, 2017