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Betty Jean Purdy

October 24, 1935 — February 21, 2019

Betty Purdy a long time resident of Pine City passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Prairie Senior Cottages in Isanti at the age of 83.

Betty Jean Purdy was born October 24, 1935 to Oscar and Myrtle (Jacobson) Struxness in Rush City, Minnesota.  She had one brother Robert Olson. She attended school and spent her childhood years in Rush City.  On May 23, 1959 Betty married Donald Purdy and made their home in Pine City.  They welcomed a son Mark and daughter Nancy. In 1997, Don passed away.

Betty was a long time active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Pine City and the Joy Circle. For many years she was President of the Women of the ELCA; planning and working tirelessly at many events and funerals through the years.   She was also an active member of the quilting group; through the years the quilters have donated hundreds of quilts. Spending time at church and volunteering was important to her; she enjoyed people and serving others.  Through her church activities and countless hours volunteering she made many good friends.

Betty worked in the food industry for many years as a baker; employed at The Grant House and later at Nicolls Cafe. She woke up very early for many years; baking her fabulous pies, sweet rolls, cookies and rice pudding.  In addition to working at the restaurants, she catered many events and found time to make lefse during the holidays.

Spending time with her kids and grandkids brought Betty so much joy.  For the people who knew her well and anyone just meeting Betty; she loved to tell stories of her grandsons, they were her pride and joy.  She loved her family so much and showed them in so many ways.

She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Betty is survived by her children Mark Purdy and Nancy (Jason) Brunn; grandchildren: Corbin Brunn and Grady Brunn; sister-in-law Jenny Olson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Myrtle Struxness; husband Don Purdy; grandson Brandon and brother Robert Olson.

Reverend Fred Hanson will officiate funeral services for Betty:  11 AM Tuesday, March 5th at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Pine City.  A time of visitation and reviewal from 5-7 PM Monday, March 4th at the Swanson Chapel and also one hour prior to the service at church.  Interment will take place at Milburn Cemetery in Pine City.

Funeral arrangements for Betty Purdy are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, March 4, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

825 Golf Ave SW, Pine City, MN 55063

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