Mrs. Barbara Dunn Purdy
February 7, 1941 – May 11, 2020
Mrs. Barbara Dunn Purdy, age 79, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 11, 2020. She was at home surrounded by her children, close friends and her beloved animals. Barbara was born in Sylacauga, AL on February 7, 1941 to Claude & Trudy Allen Dunn and move to Fort Payne, AL in the late 1950’s.
Barbara was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. She started the “Happy Hands” sewing group making clothes to be sent to the missionaries who worked with children. She also led the group in making hats for cancer patients. They were always designed to be fun and colorful. (another one of her endearing trademarks.) She was also a member of the church Bible study with Dr. Mark Lacey.
She was also very active in the local ASPCA. All of her animals were rescues and she often said the reason she had so many precious dogs was that every time she worked at the shelter there was always a dog she just “couldn’t leave behind’.
Barbara was a loving and supportive wife, Mother and loyal friend to many. She never met a stranger and was always willing and ready to help anyone in need. Her personality, smile and always positive attitude could light up a room and spread joy to everyone around her. She and her husband Fred enjoyed many years of travel, social events and celebrating life with friends and family. Anyone who knew her is left with a smile in their heart and a story to tell of the fun times they spent with Barbara Purdy. She will be missed for many years to come and has left a void in the hearts of her family and friends.
To quote Barbara Purdy, “Honey, don’t worry about me. I am just transferring from one place to another.” An example of her faith and Christian belief.
She is survived by:
Children: Derick Purdy-Vestavia, AL; Pam Hazlewood (Dudley)-Trussville, AL; Donnie Hughes-Fort Payne, AL & Kandie Evanchyk (Randy)-Freeport, FL
Special Daughter: Kim Cagle Stringer
Grandson: Brandon Hughes (Kimber)
Special Granddaughter: Lauren Inman Wright
Great-Grandchildren: Jayde & Asya
Several Nieces & Nephews
Preceded in death by:
Husband: Fred W. Purdy
Step-Son: Robert F. Purdy
Parents: Claude & Trudy Dunn
Grandsons: Jerry (Bobo) Brown IV & Cody Brown
In lieu of flowers the Family requests donations to the DeKalb County Animal Adoption Center, 2601 Jordan Rd. SW, Fort Payne, AL 35968
Date of Visitation:
Date of Funeral: The Family will be having a private Graveside Service. Any friends who would like to pay their condolences to Mrs. Purdy, the Family has requested that you do so on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Glenwood Cemetery between 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Officiating: Pastor Michael Miller & Rev. Jim Russell
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Barbara was one of the 1st people I got to know when I moved to Fort Payne 25 years ago. She was the only salon that would cut and color my hair the way I liked it. Which then was a bit weird to some of the people that lived here. I loved when I walked in, she told me I was in the right place the BAA BAA Shop!!!! She will be so missed. Fly high Barbara