PURVES Grave Stones

PURVES, John: 1921 - December 16, 1943

   John Purvis of Grande Prairie, member of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment as a Lance Corporal during the Second World War, Purves was killed in action on the 16th December 1943, he is buried in the Moro River War Cemetery, Italy. On January 1944 the Canadian Corps selected the site of the Moro River War Cemetery with the intension that it would contain the graves of those who died in the Ortona battle. The Battle of Ortona saw some of the bitterest and fiercest fighting of the Second World War. The fighting was house to house literally - the Canadians blasted their way through walls to get from building to building. The battle continued over Christmas Day, 1943 but three days later the Germans withdrew. Today, there are 1,615 graves in the cemetery, of which over 50 are unidentified and 1,375 are Canadian. John was the son of William and Sarah Purvis; he was 22 years old.
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

Remembered with Honour - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery

PURVES, Mark: 1935 - 1996

Mark Purves, 60, of Beanson
   On Tuesday, May 28, 1996, Mark Purvcs passed away at his home in Bezanson at the age of 60 years.
   Mark was horn on June 6, 1935 at the home of his parents, William and Sarah Purves, delivered by neighbor Mrs. George Brown and her daughter Violet. He attended East Kleskun School for elementary schooling before moving to Edmonton with his parents where he continued his education. Mark's first job was at Municipal Airport in Edmonton where he worked for a short time before beginning his lifelong career of pipeline welding, apprenticing with his brother Bob at the age of 18. Mark continued welding until recently when ill health forced him to retire, but he continued to weld for family and friends.
   On April 5, 1969, Mark married Judy Ford of the Bezanson district, they raised three children: Michele, Julie and Jordy on their farm in Bezanson, Mark was always happiest when he was making people laugh and would go to any length to make that happen, even to performing his living chair trick at the risk of breaking his back. He loved to entertain, telling, jokes and acting in skits on numerous occasions. He loved to be around people and visited constantly.
   Mark loved horses and spent many happy hours taking the kids for cutter rides through the snow in the winter.
   Mark leaves to mourn: his wife Judy, daughters: Michele (Rick) Dedora of Zama, Julie of Edmonton, Jordy at home, granddaughter Royal, mother-in-law Julia Siebert of Bezanson, brothers; Bill (Anna) Purves of Hythe, Robert (Effie) of Edmonton, sister: Nan Fraser of Sexsmith. step father Robert Fleck of Prince George, B.C. as well as numerous nieces. nephews, family and friends.
   Mark was predeceased by an infant son in 1970, his parents and brothers John, James, George and Henry.
   Funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 1996 at 11 a.m. from Grande Prairie Funeral Chapel, 10005-107 Ave., Grande Prairie with Rev. Mike McWhinnic officiating.
   Cremation will follow with interment of ashes to take place in Glen Leslie cemetery, at a later date.
   Memorial donations to the Alberta Heart Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.
   10005-107 Ave., Grande Prairie
   Telephone 532-2929
   "Dedicated Service Since 1915" 
CLIPPED FROM - The Daily Herald-Tribune, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, 30 May 1996, Thu - Page 5

Block 51, Lot 8

The following are on this page as the Wife’s Maiden name or previous married name belongs on this page.

Often the husbands details are included.

FLECK, Sarah: 1900 - 1986 {also on Fleck & McSorley stone page}

 Sarah Devina Lynch McSorley (Purves) Fleck
   Mrs. Sarah Devina Lynch McSorley (Purves) Fleck passed away at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Grande Prairie on Wednesday, February 26, 1986 at the age of 85. She was born in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. She moved from Scotland to the Kleskun Lake District in 1926, where she lived on the farm. In 1948 she moved to Edmonton, and in 1976 from Edmonton to Sexsmith, where she had since resided.

   She was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Kingsway Branch, No. 175, Edmonton.
   She is survived by her husband, Bob; children William (Anna) Purves of Hythe; George Purves of Edmonton; Agnes "Nan" Fraser of Sexsmith; Henry (Beryl) Purves of Ft. Saskatchewan; Robert (Effie) Purves of Edmonton; Mark (Judy) Purves of Bezanson; two stepsons: Dennis (Phyllis) Fleck of Edmonton and David (Isabel) Fleck of Prince George; 33 grandchildren and 51 great grandchildren.
   She was predeceased by sons John and James, two infant twin sons, infant daughter and first husband William John Purves.
   Funeral service for the late Sarah Devina Lynch McSorley (Purves) Fleck will be held from the Oliver Funeral Chapel, Grande Prairie, Alberta on Monday, March 3, 1986 at 11 a.m. with Father Albert Sterzer officiating, Cremation to follow.
   Memorials to Camp Tamarack would be appreciated by the family, in lieu of flowers.
   Funeral arrangements by Oliver Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Grande Prairie, Alberta.
   Telephone 532-2929. 
CLIPPED FROM - The Daily Herald-Tribune, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, 03 Mar 1986, Mon - Page 2

Sarah McSorley married William Purves (1919) then Robert Fleck (1962)

Block 34, Sub 3, Lot 6

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