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Erma Jean Purnell

February 11, 1944 — July 30, 2023

Detroit

Erma Jean Purnell

 


   
 Remembered Always
Her heart was full, and it overflowed onto all that knew her. To have affected so many people throughout her time on this earth means she was special. We were all so grateful to have her in our lives. She is in our hearts forever and will always be missed. We know she’s better now and that’s all we can ask for. We had our plans for her, but God has his. We are comforted in knowing that she’s in heaven amongst so much love, sharing her soul and guiding hearts.
Born: February 11, 1944, | Passed away July 30th, 2023


Biographical Sketch
Erma had a passion for her family and God.  She was extremely proud of her background knowledge in healthcare and the family often looked to her for advice. Her guidance and intellect often came with commentary and humor that will forever live within the lives she has affected. She is known for making you feel better even throughout the darkest times, she was a bright light. Her response to a typical question would genuinely make your day better. 


Family 
Erma is preceded in death by her parents: Green & Queen Wilborn, Brothers: Johnnie & Charlie Wilborn, sisters: Mary & Estella Wilborn and her beloved son: Michael Angelo Purnell.  She is proceeded in death by her siblings: Willie, Robert & Larry Wilborn and Juanita Wilborn Guy. 
Her children: Linda Purnell, Charles Purnell, Shirley Purnell, Samantha Bradley, Roy Flowers & Tamara Levites. 
Her Grandchildren: La’keya Talley, Prince Talley, Duke Talley, Princess Talley, Duchess Linn, Kaneshia Purnell, Terence Bradley, Tiera Coleman, Michael Brown Jr, Quannika Purnell, Mycah Long, Michael Angelo Purnell Jr, Avant Jones, and a host of nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.

 

Remember my teachings as I leave you in peace. You take your chances at the casino, not with god.  He called and I surrendered. He has me now.
   

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Saturday, August 5, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

New Prosperity Missionary Baptist Church

8540 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

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Saturday, August 5, 2023

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