GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                       Wednesday, May 7, 2003

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Verla Eileen Pursley

   HAVRE/BIG SANDY -- Verla Eileen (Collins) Pursley, 87, a homemaker, died of natural causes Tuesday at a Havre hospital.

   Visitation is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Holland and Bonine Funeral Home in Havre. Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Friday at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church in Big Sandy, with burial in Big Sandy Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at the church immediately following the burial.

   Survivors include a son, Glenn Pursley of Havre; a daughter, Alice Morrison of Clyde Park; a brother, Bob Collins of Havre; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Pursley, in 1983; and by a grandson

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                      Wednesday, May 7, 2003

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VERLA PURSLEY


Pursley

   Verla Eileen Pursley, 87, died May 6, 2003, at a Havre hospital of natural causes.

   Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Holland and Bonine Funeral Chapel. The funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church in Big Sandy, with the Rev. Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial will follow at the Big Sandy Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church immediately following the services at the graveside.

   Verla was born Jan. 25, 1916, in Tampico, Ill., to William and Mae Collins. She moved to the Big Sandy area with her parents who homesteaded southeast of Big Sandy. She attended grade school at Rusticana, later at the Green School, and then on to Big Sandy High School, where she graduated as salutatorian of her class in 1934.

   On Feb. 8, 1937, Verla married Milton Pursley, and the couple moved to Bob Peel's ranch in the Bear Paw Mountains and worked there until August of 1945. Then they moved to Coal Mine in the spring of 1945, then on to the Randall place in 1947. They resided there until August of 1972 when they moved south of Zurich. They lived there for 26 years before moving to Havre in 1998.

   Verla loved her family and was a rock to them all and will be greatly missed. Verla liked to cross stitch and embroidery. Her best hobby and a legacy to her family was the diary she kept from her high school years up to April 26, 2003. She settled many arguments with it.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milton in 1983; grandchild, Wesley Pursley; and sisters, Janey Collins and Betty Peck.

   She is survived by her son, Glenn Pursley of Havre; daughter Alice (C.R.) Morrison of Clyde Park; brother Bob Collins of Havre; grandchildren; Tammie Pursley of Havre, Wade (Nancy) Pursley of Harlem, and Darci Morrison of Livingston; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and numerous friends and acquaintances.

  Memorials in Verla's honor may be made to Montana State University-Northern Foundation Nursing Scholarship, P.O. Box 1691, Havre, MT 59501.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                                Wednesday, May 7, 2003

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Verla Pursley

Word was received that Vcrla Pursley, 87, passed away. Funeral Mass will he celebrated at 10:00 am. on Fri day, May 9, at St. Mary Margaret Catholic Church in Big Sandy.

A complete obituary will follow in next week’s paper.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                            Wednesday, May 14, 2003

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   Verla Eileen Pursley,  87, died of natural causes at the Northern Montana Hospital i n Havre on May 6, 2003. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, May 9, at St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in Big Sandy with Father Pete Guthneck offi­ciating. Memorials in Verla’s honor may be made to the MSU­ Northern Foundation Nursing Scholarship, P0 Box 169 1, Havre, MT 59501. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home of Havre was in charge of arrangements.

   Verla was born on January 25, 1916, in Tampico, IL to William and Mae Collins. She moved to the Big Sandy area with her parents who   

homesteaded southeast of Big Sandy. She received her elementary edu­cation at Rusticana and the Green Schools, and she graduated

as Salutatorian of her Class of 1934.

   On February 8, 1937, she married Milton Pursley and the couple moved to Bob Peel’s ranch in the Bear Paw Mountains where they

worked until August of 1945. They moved to Coal Mine in the spring of 1945, then to the Randall Place in 1947. They lived and worked

on the Randall place until August of 1972, when they moved south of Zurich. They lived south of Zu­rich for 26 years before they moved

to Havre in 1998.

   Vera loved her family and was a rock to them all. She will be greatly missed. She liked to cross stitch and embroidery, but her best

hobby (and a legacy to her family) was the diary she kept her high school years up to April 26, 2003. She was   able to settle many an argument with her diary.

   Survivors include her son Glenn Pursley of Havre; her daughter, Alice (CR.) Morrison of Clyde Park; a brother, Bob Collins of Havre;

three grand­children; six great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; plus numerous friends and

acquaintances.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Milton in 1983; one grandson, Wesley Pursley; and two sisters, Janey Collins

and Betty Peck.

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