EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. – Mona Lynn (Donley) Burdick Purtle, 62, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., passed away in a tragic car accident on Saturday (Feb. 2, 2013).
Mona was born May 7, 1950, in Champaign, the daughter of Ralph and Martha (Mosbarger) Donley. Mona attended Tuscola schools where she graduated.
She soon after went into the Air Force where she met her first husband, Randy Burdick. They were married in June 1973. They soon started a family and were discharged from the military and moved to Nevada where Randy's family lived. Soon after, they increased their family with two more children. They divorced in 1982.
She was reintroduced to her husband Ellis Purtle in 1990 and they were married in 1994. Shortly after, Mona's house burned down and she and the younger children moved with Ellis to El Dorado Springs, Mo.
Mona worked at the State Hospital in Nevada in the kitchen and then went to work at the Nevada hospital in the kitchen. Later she worked at Spercells factory in Nevada. She had worked at Heartland Hospital as a MHW. She was working for Partners in our community at the time of her passing.
Anyone who met Mona was found to be treated as family. She never knew a stranger. She always made sure that if there was something needed she would go out of her way to help. She enjoyed being outdoors, traveling, playing and being with her grandkids.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Ralph and Martha Donley; husband, Ellis Purtle; and former husband, Randy Burdick.
She is survived by her sister, LaVon and husband, Stan Cornett of Carterville, Ill.; daughter, Debbie and husband, Gary Taylor of Walker, Mo.; son, Patrick Burdick of the home; daughter, Crystal and husband, Jeremy Bogart of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Mathew Oliver, Brady Bogart, Anna Bogart, Hayley Burdick and David Taylor; one niece; one nephew; and numerous cousins and friends.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, Mo. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home. Burial will be in Love Cemetery, El Dorado Springs, Mo.
Condolences may be offered at www.blandhackleman.com.