Judith Ann Lawrence Purvis was born in East St. Louis, IL to Charles N. Lawrence and Bernice Lawrence nee Clark on Feb. 6, 1941. She died in Folsom, CA on October 10, 2021. She is survived by her devoted husband Robert W. Purvis of Chico, CA, and siblings Lucia Johnson (Lawrence), Donna Marie Statelets (Lawrence) and Charles N. Lawrence (Maria Valetto Lawrence) all of Collinsville, IL. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews of MO and IL. She is also survived by Beth Morrison (Purvis) (AZ), Barbara Purvis (ID) and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren of CA.
Judy grew up in Collinsville, IL and went to high school at the Academy of Notre Dame in Belleville, IL. Judy was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for about 18 years. She then was laicized and later married Robert Purvis of CA. Judy had a B.S. in English and a M.S. in Education. Judy was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study Education at the University of Birmingham in England. She was Director at Tierra Del Sol, a school for developmentally disabled young adults in Sunland, CA. Judy taught Special Education for many years as well as 2nd grade in the public school system.
Judy was generous and eager to be of help. She was a devoted member for many years at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church in Chico. She belonged to two prayer study groups, a Bible study group, and donated her time once a week to the Catholic Ladies Relief Society food pantry in Chico. She also volunteered regularly with the American Cancer Society and with a prayer shawl group who distributed blankets, shawls, and hats to those in need of comfort and care. Judy was extremely supportive of her families in Illinois, Missouri, and California. She was also very creative and painted t-shirts, sweatshirts, and banners for her family. She enjoyed belonging to a racket club in Chico where she played many games of tennis; weekly meetings with her Arthroswim group and reading and discussing books with her book club. Judy loved animals and had two pet dogs.
There will be a graveside service for her on Friday, October 15 at 1:00pm at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.