Purdy, Dorothy White
Birth: Thursday, September 02, 1926 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Saturday, October 08, 2016 at the age of 90
Laid to Rest: Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton, Maryland
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Dorothy White Purdy, 90, of La Plata, MD formerly of Clinton, MD passed away peacefully on October 8, 2016. She lived a full and rich life, blessed with laughter and the love of family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
Dorothy was born on September 2, 1926 in Washington, DC to George Madison and Mevie Lee White. A member of the "Greatest Generation", she married John Robert Purdy (Bob) on March 12, 1943. Together for 37 years, they raised seven children before his death in 1980.
Dorothy was a devoted wife and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who exemplified the virtues of selflessness, unconditional love, generosity and wisdom. She was happiest when she was with her family.
Dorothy was a beach lover and relished every moment life would allow her to spend by the ocean. She was particularly fond of the beaches of Rehobeth Beach, DE and Topsail Island, NC. In addition to her love of the beach, she was a voracious reader, theater buff, lighthouse enthusiast and a bird watcher who had a special fondness for hummingbirds.
She loved and raised Boston Terriers. In later years, she became an admirer of sea turtles. Upon her retirement from the Federal Government Printing Office in 1994, she was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of travel. She and her childhood friend, Joy Boyer travelled extensively and enjoyed trips to Europe, New England, Canada, the Rocky Mountains and California.
Dorothy is survived by her loving children, Joanne Yates (Donald) of Mechanicsville, MD, John Jr. (Mary) of Fredericksburg, VA, Steven (Diana) of Surf City, NC, Donald of Hughesville, MD, Richard of Hughesville, MD, Thomas (Angela) of Indian Head, MD, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by her brother, George Madison White, Jr. and her son, Michael Lee Purdy.
Family will receive friends for Dorothy's Life Celebration on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Road, Clinton, MD 20735.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ryan Tucker, Jeff Tucker, Kurt Smith, Chuck Williams, Andrew Purdy, and David Purdy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 2095, Surf City, NC 28445, or the Charles County Humane Society, 71 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602. Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.