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Georgia Purcell

1928 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Georgia Purcell Obituary
September 9, 1928 - January 30, 2015 On January 30th Georgia Purcell passed away peacefully at her Palm Desert home with her children by her side. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Georgia loved drama, music and music theatre and performed in High School and College. At 21, she married local jazz guitarist and artist Bill Purcell, Sr. and started a family. Georgia moved to California in the early 1960's and settled in the San Fernando Valley where her sisters Dorothy and Betty lived. While working at the Yankee Pedlar Inn in Toluca Lake, Georgia met and married her second husband, pilot James Melvin. Together they founded Club Americana, a private travel club which flew its members to locations in the Southwest and Mexico. She loved entertaining at her Sherman Oaks home, cooking for friends and family and hosting an annual Academy Awards party. She worked for the Goodson-Todman Production Company in Hollywood as the Associate Producer of the original Family Feud game show with Richard Dawson. After the "Feud" ended, Georgia bought a second home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. She lived on the beach enjoying its nightlife and culture. With her beautiful singing voice and love of jazz standards, she delighted patrons and friends at many piano bars in Rosarito Beach, her home in L.A. and Palm Springs. In 2000, Georgia retired to Palm Desert where she lived with her favorite companions, her dogs, Missy and Teddy. She also was a volunteer at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. She loved the desert community and the mountains that surrounded her. She would say, "Those beautiful mountains follow and embrace me wherever I go." Georgia was a loving and vibrant soul who lived a long and fulfilling life on her own terms. She will be dearly missed and thought of often with love. Georgia is survived by her daughters Lynn Purcell and Cynthia Purcell, son Bill Purcell Jr., his wife Claire, and Teddy, her beloved terrier.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 19 to May 24, 2015
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