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 inย  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



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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

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Officiating: Pastor Michael Miller & Rev. Jim Russell

Burial Location: Glenwood Cemetery

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47 entries.
Regina from Fortpayne wrote on May 15, 2020 at 11:51 pm
Our condolences to the family
Amy Blevins from Rainsville Al wrote on May 15, 2020 at 4:56 pm
Iโ€™m so sorry for the families loss! Barbara was a great mentor of mine when I first started doing hair. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I learned a lot from her. She was a great friend and I will always cherish my memories with her. I will always love and miss her. Praying for the family during this time!
Richard Jay King from hattiesburg wrote on May 15, 2020 at 12:10 pm
Soo sorry to hear about this..she was a wonderful person and a wonderful companion for my Uncle Harvey VanAllen
Patricia Schwichtenberg from Scottsboeo wrote on May 14, 2020 at 3:51 pm
Friends always.
Richard Schwichtenberg from Scottsboro wrote on May 14, 2020 at 3:50 pm
Our best friend. What good times we had.
James Lindsey from Ft payne wrote on May 14, 2020 at 8:20 am
ME and my brother BILL LINDSEY worked for MRS PURDY years ago we loved her SHE was always good to us I am so sorry to hear about her passing. GOD BLESS HER SOUL.
Archie & Sing Quizon from Fort Payne wrote on May 14, 2020 at 5:51 am
I have met Fred and Barbara back in the early 80s when I migrated to Fort Payne from the Philippines and my wife Sing met her when she finally came here and got her haircuts from her. We got real close thru the years and she and Fred has been real good in supporting me with my music and when I had Archie's. We would really miss her...Sending our condolences and prayers to the family ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
Paige McKinney from Fort Payne wrote on May 14, 2020 at 5:30 am
I will remember her always for her love of life and people. She was beautiful inside and out.
Deborah Bates from Fort Payne wrote on May 14, 2020 at 4:58 am
Deborah from Fort Payne
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
Janice Mills from Ft. Payne wrote on May 14, 2020 at 4:23 am
Barbara was a friend of mine and my families for many years. I'm sure her passing will be felt by so many. May she sore on the wings of a dove. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Debra Hughes Smalley from Fort Payne Al wrote on May 14, 2020 at 3:46 am
My deepest sympathies go out to the family. Barbara will be greatly missed by a lot of people. May god bless you and give you peace.
Sara Maugh from Birmingham wrote on May 14, 2020 at 2:31 am
Thoughts and prayers for your family. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ
Gale Hendrix Lewis from Fyffe wrote on May 14, 2020 at 2:12 am
Praying for your family.
Debbie Crowell from Decatur, Alabama wrote on May 14, 2020 at 2:01 am
I am so sorry for the loss of Barbara !!! I knew Barbara when I lived in Fort Payne!!! She was so kind to me and my mother and father when we lived there!!! God was sent a beautiful Angel but we will miss her so my prayers are for her family and I feel a great loss in my heart!!! God bless you all!!!
Denise Hall from Kimberly wrote on May 14, 2020 at 1:45 am
Pam Iโ€™m so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
Larry and Beverly Gray from Prattville, Alabama wrote on May 14, 2020 at 1:29 am
We love you Barbara and will miss you so,so much! Larry and Beverly Gray
Deborah Wilson from Fyffe wrote on May 14, 2020 at 1:18 am
Barbara was definitely one of a kind. I really got to know her when I was her nurse at the cancer center for several years and never one time did I see her not smiling or feeling down and I am sure there were some days when she would have rather just stayed home but she would be there and always dressed like she was really going somewhere special but she always said it made her feel better to have her heels on, lol !! I will never forget the talks we had and life lessons she taught me !! Love you Barbara โค๏ธ Prayers for peace and comfort to her family โค๏ธ
BILL JORDAN from ROME wrote on May 14, 2020 at 12:12 am
Barbara was a wonderful lady,thought the world of her an Fred. they meant so much to the city they loved. prayers to family.
Elizabeth McElrath from Fort Payne wrote on May 13, 2020 at 11:20 pm
I loved this woman with all my heart. I never saw her treat anyone any different no matter their situation or status. She leaves behind many smiles and wonderful memories and I know she is wowing them up in heaven.
Angela Baldwin-Bates from Houston, TX wrote on May 13, 2020 at 9:32 pm
My heart is broken to hear of sweet Barbaraโ€™s passing. She was a beautiful and loving soul. She always made you feel special and loved. Sending love and prayers of comfort to her family and all that loved this amazing woman. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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