Irma Sue Purtle

Irma Sue Purtle was born at home in Sutton, Arkansas, March 30, 1940, to John & Margie Saunders. She attended school at Laneburg ISD. She was a respected and dedicated employee at SWADC of Prescott, AR where she spent countless hours serving the senior citizens and the community of Nevada County. She was a faithful member of Harmony Methodist Church in Sutton.

She was the best definition of matriarch; dedicated to family, loving, hardworking, strong, and kind. During her life she enjoyed gardening, decorating, flowers, sewing, lakeside camping, water skiing, traveling, riding motorcycles and four wheelers. She was a perfect host and master storyteller. Her home, especially during the Christmas season, was a sanctuary full of family, friends, food, games, and laughter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margie Saunders; sister Ruth Ann Hudson; husbands Ralph Ellis and Jakie Purtle; and a host of loved ones greeting her at the gates of Heaven. 

Irma Sue is survived by her children Toni Norvell of Longview, Texas, Ginger Arney and husband Marty of Hallsville, Texas and Barton Purtle and wife Jami of Sutton, AR; grandchildren Donny, Wesley, Brittney, John Brenton, Brooklyn, Cassidy, Sydnie and Jayden; eleven great grandchildren; plus, a wealth of family and friends.

Irma Sue will be greatly missed, and we know she now resides with her loving Father in Heaven. We will forever hold in our hearts the cherished memories made with our beloved Irma Sue.

Visitation is scheduled 1:00-2:00pm with funeral service following at 2:00pm Friday, August 12, 2022 at Herndon-Fuqua Funeral Home in Hope with Bro. Jerry Westmoreland officiating.

Interment to follow at Harmony Cemetery in Sutton, under the direction of Herndon-Fuqua Funeral Home. 

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