BLUE RIDGE - Carol Anne Purdham, 62, of Blue Ridge, went Home to be with The Lord on Saturday, June 26, 2010.
She was born Aug. 4, 1947, in Newport News, Va., daughter of the late Lars George Larson and Gladys Vick Larson.
Carol fought a courageous battle with cancer for 12 years; during her fight she never lost her faith or love for life. She enjoyed nature and gardening and most enjoyed spending time in the mountains.
She was employed by the Blue Ridge Pharmacy and was a member of Bonsack Baptist Church.
She leaves behind her beloved husband of 40 years, John A. Purdham; two sons, Todd A. Purdham and his wife, Jordan, David L. Purdham and his fiancEe, Tiffany R. Brown, all of the Roanoke Valley; brother, Steven G. Larson and his wife, Gladys of Topping Va. The apple of her eye was her precious granddaughter, Abigail Anne Purdham, who gave her the strength and inspiration to carry on the past two years; also surviving are her niece, Holley Ott and her husband, Joey; nephews, Erik Larson and his wife, Patty, and Gregory Chase Withers and his wife, Lauren; her beloved pets, Cody, Paco and Niki; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and other family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Bonsack Baptist Church, Dr. Robert G. Moore III will officiate, a reception at the church will follow, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to the Susan G. Komen for the cure,
Arrangements by Oakey's East Chapel and Crematory, 540-977-3909. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published by Daily Press from Jun. 28 to Jun. 29, 2010.
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Dear Steve and Gladys-
We were so saddened to hear of Carol's passing. We know what a loss this must be for you and the family. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers as you traverse this difficult terrain and pray that you take comfort in all the wonderful memories you made with your sister and her family. Blessings always,
Hank and Nancy
Nancy and Hank Stupi
July 2, 2010
Dear John and family, I am so very sorry to hear about Carol. Wishing you comfort in this difficult time. Know that I think about you and your family often and my prayers are with you.
Kathy Jones
July 2, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear of Carol's passing. Carol and I were in the same homeroom 8th through 12th grade at NNHS. She was a kind and fun person to be with. My prayers are with her family, I'm sure she left you with many happy memories to sustain you in this time of grief. God bless and comfort you all.
Joyce (Lawrence) Cahoon
July 1, 2010
Dear Steve and Gladys,

We are so sorry to hear about Carol's passing, but so glad she is at peace now. We love you and are praying for you.

Bill and Gail
Gail Keefe
June 30, 2010
Dear John and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Carols' passing. We had a great time working together and also had many laughs together. She was a wonderful person and a great friend. I will cherish her fond memory.
Ann and Charlie Sutton
Suffolk, VA
June 30, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of Carols passing. I remember the fun times we had at your house when Carol and I worked together at Gloucester Learning Center.
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Ann Phillips
June 30, 2010
Dear John and Steve,

We are so sorry for your loss. The wonderful time we spent with Carol on the Blueridge camping trip two years ago will always be a treasured memory.
Our prayers are with you.

Luke and Kathy Lucas
Luke Lucas
June 30, 2010
Carol has always been such a beautiful and strong lady. Please know that your family is in my prayers at this time. I am privledged to have known her in this world.
Kelli Linick, MD
June 30, 2010
Dear Steve
We are so sorry to hear that your dear sister has passed on. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Peace be with you and your family

Sally and Mike Firkins
June 30, 2010
June 29, 2010

Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you and your family in this time of sorrow. Our deepest sympathy.
Rob, Sheila and Aaron Bradley
June 29, 2010
John, I remember you and Carol so well and always considered you good friends. My thoughts and prayers and with you and the boys. Carol was such a kind and thoughtful person. I will always have these fond memories of her.
With my love,
Margaret Harris
June 29, 2010

I'm so sorry to hear about Carol.

Leon O'Neal
Leon O'Neal
June 29, 2010
John and Todd,
So sorry to hear about Carol - our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. She was a blessing to your family and know that she was blessed to have you all to keep her strong. We hope the days ahead with family and friends will bring you comfort.
Patrick and Lauren Brennan
June 29, 2010
Dear John, we were sorry to hear about Carol and wanted you to know we have had you in our prayers and will continue. We remember your time with us at Providence & have missed you. Jean & Marvin Brown
June 29, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
JoAnne Bunting
June 29, 2010
Dear John and family,
So sorry about Carols passing. She was a very special person, full of faith and courage. She was such an inspiration. When we would visit her, to lift her up, we were the ones that were lifted up. She had a special way of doing that. She will be missed by all that knew her. May God hold you all in his care and give you strength.
Bob and Charlotte Boyd
June 28, 2010
Dear John and family, It was a privilege to be a minister to Carol but even more to be counted among her friends. She demonstrated for all who saw her her bedrock faith in Christ. I will always remember her dignity, humor and care for others even when facing the worst times. All our love for a lifetime.
Scot Finley
June 28, 2010
Dear John:

We are so sorry to learn of Carol's passing. What a special lady she was.
So very proud of Todd and David and of you.
She is no longer in any pain and you will see her again one day.
We are praying for you all and know that God will continue to hold you in the palm of His Hand.
Rick and Cheryl Grimes
June 28, 2010
Dear John,

So sorry to hear of your loss but glad that Carol is at peace and with the Lord. I think of all of my old Noland friends often and miss you all dearly.
Sharon Elliot
June 28, 2010
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
John, I am deeply sorry to hear about Carol. Even though we seldom spoke, she was always in my thoughts and was my best friend.
I remember the year the two of you surprised me at my family reunion-what fun it was to catch up on old times.
Wish I could be there.
Thelma Baker
June 28, 2010
Dear John, Steve and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss of Carol. We grew up together and attended chuch and school together for all of our lives. I don't remember not knowing Carol. I have many wonderful memories of our years in Seven Oaks. We both were married within a week of each other and I remember that my husband said that after attending your wedding that he was glad that he went because he knew what to expect the following week. I know that Carol has entered into the glorious eternal life that our Lord and Savior has promised all believers. I hope that this will comfort you and your family.

Anita Morgan Becker
Poquoson, Virginia
June 28, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was such a sweet lady.
Cheryl Denton
June 28, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. She was such a special lady.
Cheryl D. Denton
June 28, 2010
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