In Memory

Connie Purdy (Gilbert)

Connie Purdy (Gilbert)

December 1, 1945 to August 15, 2015

Connie passed away unexpectantly.  The cause was some kind of blood disorder.

Constance Jean Purdy Gilbert, SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi - Constance Jean Purdy Gilbert was a devoted mother, wife, and award winning poet. Her life began in the gulf breeze of Panama City, Fla., a product of the great post World War II baby boom that defined “Teenager,” “Rebel,” and “Party.” Big sky country of Missoula, Mont. with cattle ranchers, rodeo riders, and travels on horseback became the backdrop of her childhood. Early adulthood was the space needle of Seattle, Alaskan Airline, and the university night life of the pacific Northwest. Phoenix, Ariz. landscaped where she rocked out in the music scene, fell into an eternal love, married, had children, and prepared for the last move of her life: Mississippi. In Mississippi she became a member (and, at times, President) of the Friends of the Library, and then worked for M.R. Davis Public Library until her retirement. She loved books, karaoke, the arts, her family, and a great party. She touched many lives, inspired us to be the best people we can be, volunteer whenever and wherever possible, and love each other to the fullest because family — however it may be defined — is everything. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Dearl Wayne Gilbert of Southaven; her children, Bridget Purdy Gilbert of Laurel, Amanda Purdy Gilbert of Southaven, Dearl Wayne Gilbert II of Hernando; her siblings, William Purdy and Robert Irigon of Seattle, Wash., Mary and David Killgrove fo Suntan Valley, Ariz., Diane Pettigrew of Albuquerque, N.M., John Purdy and Kim Croswhite of Bothell, Wash.; and extended family and friends worldwide. Visitation will be Thursday, August 20 from 12 p.m. until the memorial service begins at 2 p.m. at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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08/24/15 10:59 AM #1    

Nancy Epler (Wammes)

I am really shocked and saddened and deeply sorry to hear of Connies' passing. We really do not have any idea how quickly we can be taken. My sincere condolences to her family.

08/24/15 11:24 AM #2    

Dan Sinnett

the world lost a great lady,Connie and I had a couple classes together and she was a close neighbor. Connie was always trying to keep us on the straight and narrow treated my buddies and I like a second mom. What a great since of hummor. Knowing her I was surprised she became a Liberian. I didn't think she could stay quiet that long. I missed her at the 50 anniversary. I'm so sorry for her family. I too lost my wife a year ago and know how hard it is to loose the one you love. Stay strong she surely left a great legacy. I'll miss you Lady.

08/24/15 12:46 PM #3    

Gregg Wilson

Connie apparently helped Viet Nam veterans who were physically or mentally injured. That was one person out of a thousand. Typically, returning soldiers were met with disgust and hatred. I was lucky and came out okay.

08/25/15 12:46 AM #4    

Linda Pompeo (Worden)

Funny, friendly, bubbly, always with a smile,   That was the Connie I remember. Her life was a life well lived.  She will be missed.

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