Beth Purcell St. Louis Funeral and Memorial Service

May 30th, 2023 – Post #86

Below is a video recording of my mom’s memorial service, which took place in Kirkwood, Missouri on Wednesday, May 17th, 2023.

A Mark of My Mom’s Success

I’m sure there were moments when my mom about died of embarrassment over our sometimes-unruly behavior. Before her memorial service, I hadn’t been to K.U.M. in a long time. Being in those pews brought back memories of doodling on the bulletins and counting whatever I could find. She wanted us to sit still, so those were the two main activities.

It was strange to walk in and see that the organ pipes had been replaced by a big screen. I always used to number them during a service, and I’d completely forgotten about bringing a pen. Thinking back to how we used to squirm, it humored me to rewatch this video and see us sitting still and paying attention. Forty years before, she probably didn’t believe that was possible.

Anyway, without further ado, here is her funeral service:

Please feel free to copy and paste this link to the service to share with anyone you think may want it.

Indiana Funeral Service Coming Soon (Hopefully)

I will try to find and post a recording of the funeral service, which took place at Grandstaff-Hentgen in Wabash on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023. In the meantime, I’m still trying to “be still” (but my brain is wanting to still be doing things). 🙂

*For a copy of the words to the poem my grandma wrote, entitled “Sunset”, please click below on “Sunset & Hair Loss”:

Sunset & Hair Loss

*To read more on my mom’s cancer journey from the beginning, or share it, please click below:

It’s Cancer


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