Goldie Ruth Purdue

SALEM — Goldie Ruth Purdue, 93, of Salem, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021, at the Salem Township Hospital in Salem.

She was born August 21, 1927, in Chenoa, Illinois, the daughter of Elza Stanford and Rosa Jane (Heflin) Stanford. She married Harvey M. Purdue on October 23, 1943, in Kell and he preceded her in death.

Left to mourn her passing are her eight children: Phil Purdue and wife Jackie of Plano, Illinois, Dale Purdue of Salem, Mike Purdue of Kissimmee, Florida, Rodger Purdue and wife Goldie of Arizona, Linda Helm and husband Kenneth of Iuka, Bonnie Wimberly and husband Darrell of Salem, Rebecca Basham of Nashville, Tennessee, and Ginger Purdue of Salem; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Goldie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sons: Randy Purdue, Donald Purdue, Gary Purdue and Russ Purdue, a daughter: Donna Skees, and two sisters.

Goldie was of the Christian faith. She previously worked at Western Electric, A.M.F. Roadmaster, and was also a long-time health care provider. She loved her family and grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Goldie Purdue will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, February, at the Sutherland-Rankin Funeral Home in Salem. Burial will follow at the Palestine Cemetery in rural Iuka, IL .

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. For those in attendance, masks and social distancing will be observed and with a limited amount of people entering the Funeral Home at one time.

In honor of Goldie, memorial donations may be made to the Donor’s choice and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Rankin Funeral Home at 310 North Broadway, P.O. Box 97 Salem, Illinois 62881, 618-548-1234, entrusted with the family’s care.

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