Janice Elizabeth Coatney Purdom

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In loving memory of Janice Elizabeth Coatney Purdom born June 20, 1920 in Lawton, Okla. to John Homer Coatney, Sr. and Etta Jane Smith Coatney.

She left this life on June 10, 2010. Janice was united in marriage to William W. Purdom, Sr. on December 25, 1937 in Mountain View, Calif. Janice was preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law Vance G. Oden, and her husband William W. Purdom, Sr. Janice is survived by three children, William W. Purdom, Jr. and wife Bernita of Berryville, Ark. Sherry Y. Oden of Santa Cruz, Calif. and Regina E. Jenkins-Matlock-Purdom of Berryville, Ark. She is also survived by a brother John H. Coatney,Jr.of Camano Island, Wash., and a sister Eula D. Rice of Tulsa, Okla.

Janice is survived by seven grandchildren: Cecil Purdom, Rick Purdom, Michelle Sudduth, Mike Matlock, Jesse Matlock, Greg Oden, and Shannon Perry; sixteen great grandchildren: Jared Purdom, Amber Gooch, Meagan Purdom, Whitney Purdom, Brittany Perry, Shelby Perry, Emerson Perry, Jenson Scarrow, Jaimie Nichols, Brian Sudduth, Kristi Matlock, Cole Matlock, Bradi Matlock, Landen Matlock, Carter Wright and Emma Inscore; seven great-great grandchildren: Tyler, Tanner, Jaydon, Braydon, Reagan, Hunter and Jake.

Janice and her husband moved to a farm south of Berryville in 1947 from the bay area of California. They were farmers and members of the Farmer Grange #798 where William was Master of the Grange for many years and Janice held offices and enjoyed quilting and cooking.

She entered the National Grange Baking Contest in Long Beach, Calif., in 1959 and was a finalist winner there, winning new kitchen appliances.

Janice and William raised and sold registered Jersey cows, registered German Shepherds and registered quarter horses over the years. They were members of the Ozark Riding Club and very strong members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in this community.

Janice was an accomplished artist, gardener, writer and cook. I would also like to mention she was one of God's Angels that took in any and all of those strays that those people who seem to have very little heart dumped at the end of her driveway. There were many times she bought animal food and cut back on her own groceries. She was a very special lady.

She was laid to rest in the Farmer Cemetery with her husband and mother on June 15, at 10 a.m. where she will be asleep in Jesus until his Second Coming.