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Purnie Ovella Weatherbee

March 17, 1922 — April 30, 2017

Purnie Ovella Weatherbee

Purnie Ovella Weatherbee, age 95 of Graham, left her earthly home on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Ovella was born on March 17, 1922, in the Montague Community near Bowie, Texas to parents John Franklin Hill and Eva Jane Sanders. She and her seventeen siblings grew up on their family farm in Hedley, Texas where she attended the local school.

Ovella met Marvin Jean Weatherbee in Clarendon and following their courtship they were married on December 15, 1940, in Childress. They made their home in Olney where Ovella worked after Marvin completed his service in the United States Army. During that time Marvin and Ovella welcomed their firstborn son, Homer Jean Weatherbee, to their family. Thereafter they welcomed two more sons, Jerry Don Weatherbee and Terry Lynn Weatherbee, before moving to Graham. Ovella was the consummate homemaker and was always involved in the extracurricular activities of her sons.

Ovella loved life and always lived to the fullest. She was active in the Graham community and enjoyed the local Senior Citizen dances. Also, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church and, in recent years, she always looked forward to in-home visits from the Good Samaritans of the church.

The last surviving sibling, Ovella was preceded in death by nine brothers and eight sisters as well as her husband Marvin, in January of 1975, and loving son, Homer, in December of 2015.

Mrs. Weatherbee's legacy is her family: two sons, Jerry Weatherbee and Terry Weatherbee and wife, Patsy, all of Graham; daughter-in-law, Johnna Weatherbee of Lubbock, five grandchildren, Deedra Keel and husband, Chris of Fort Worth, Jeana Weatherbee of Lubbock, John Weatherbee and wife, Kendal of Lubbock, Brandi Weatherbee of Graham, Shelbi Reid and husband, David of Graham; three great grandchildren, Alecia Musgrave of Graham, Kieran Keel of Fort Worth and Aaron Reid of Graham. A host of nephews, nieces and cousins also survive and cherish her memory.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m.

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