Catherine was a graduate of J.W. Sexton High School in 1953. She then attended MSU and graduated in June 1957 with a BA in Education. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She taught 2nd grade 1957-8. For 25+ years she was a Sparrow Service Auxiliary (gift shop volunteer) and was part of their “Friday Group.” Catherine loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed Bridge, ceramics, toll painting, sewing, reading, gardening, and hosting family gatherings.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Homer Edwin Purchis, Jr.; children, Susan (Kenneth) Silvernail and Sandra (Mark) McKenzie; grandchildren, Jerilyn (Josh) Moyses, Jacilyn Smith, Benjamin and Eric Silvernail; and sister, Susan Kelly. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, with the Rev. Anne Weirich officiating. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 22nd. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association, Great Lakes Chapter or First Presbyterian Church of Lansing.