Below is my dear sister's obituary written by her devoted husband, Ben. Only those know the struggle she experienced that have gone through the same and survived. I felt it important to mention Ben's struggle too. Not only having to do everything for her as she lost the capacity, but facing the possibility of losing the battle, realizing future dreams wiped out. Then there is the children and grandchildren. The grief, the questions, and knowing family gatherings will never be the same. Though we celebrate life these days with our funeral services, you can see why death is still the believer's enemy.
As follower's of Christ, we do not sorrow as the world sorrows. We know past this veil, or phase of existence, the incomprehensible awaits with sights, sounds, and the reason we are welcomed there... Jesus.
I could say more about my older sister. She had a great deal of shaping my life. God's speed dear sister, see you soon.
Karen Diane Purdum age 67 of Orlando, Florida went to be with her heavenly Father on Fathers Day, Sunday, June 18th while resting peacefully with all her family present. She was born in Middletown, Ohio on April 11th, 1950. Graduated from Franklin High School Class of 1968. Then graduated from Middletown Hospital School of Nursing in Middletown, Ohio and worked for Middletown Hospital for 17 yrs. before moving to Norfolk, VA with her family.
She was a great wife, mother and grandmother and Ministered with her husband at church ministries in Kettering/Springboro Ohio, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia and Orlando, Florida. Karen retired as a Obstetrics nurse from Chesapeake Regional Medical Hospital in Chesapeake, Virginia and moved to 2067 Crosston Circle, Orlando, Florida with her complete family 6 years ago. She worked faithfully as a Registered Nurse but also loved and cared for her family and church ministry.
She was a dedicated wife who was willing to love her husband for 45 years and use her skills, gifts and talents at home, work, churches, and Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Va. She also served as church pianist/organist, worship leader assistant, vocalist and choir director assistant. She was a .Proverbs 31 Godly wife.
She was preceded in death by her mother Loraine Barnes and her brother Steve Barnes. She is survived by her husband Benjamin E. Purdum, two adult children Adam Purdum and Holly (Purdum) Whitmoyer/Alan Whitmoyer and three grandchildren, Hannah, Caitlynn, and Brooke Whitmoyer. She is also survived by her father Marion S. Barnes and her brother Keith Barnes of Middletown, Ohio.