Beverly Ann Purpura, 80, passed June 12th, 2015 in the presence of her adoring family. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband James Arthur Purpura, mother Elizabeth Taylor-Perry, her father Edward Perry and her three brothers Edward, Donald, and Jerry. She is survived by her daughters Jolene Kelly and Karen Purpura, and her son Joseph James “JJ” and his wife Carol. Other family members include Grandchildren Chris and Erin Kelly, Jeff, Andy, and his wife Angel Marr. Also great grandchildren Kenley Marr and Damian Marr. She is also survived by, nieces, nephews and a host of long-time friends.
Beverly was born April 29, 1935 in Malone, NY. She spent the majority of her youth in Watertown, NY where she was married to James Arthur Purpura at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on October 30, 1954. They relocated to Gainesville in 1955 so her husband, James, could attend the University of Florida’s College of Engineering. She has remained an avid Gator fan for over 50 years.
She was a doting and selfless daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She was the central force behind her family and extended family staying connected over the years with “Spaghetti Sunday” every week. She was an avid bridge player with her closest friends Ruth, Evelyn, and Louise. She enjoyed many sports such as tennis and golf and also loved to paint.
Celebration of Life for Beverly Purpura will be Thursday, June 18th at 3pm. at Forest Meadows Mausoleum Chapel, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville near the intersection at 43rd St. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital