Annie Jane Helms Purcell, 88, passed on Saturday, February 6, 2021. She was born in Marshville, North Carolina, on September 19th, 1932, in the home of her grandparents, Dara and Vernon Haney, to the late Charles Vernon and Annie Haney Helms.
Jane attended Mineral Springs High School in Mineral Springs, NC, for 1st-12th grades where she was an accomplished student and a cheerleader. Jane credits her elementary school teacher, Faire Funderburk, OF MONROE, NC., with inspiring her to become a teacher. She attended Flora Macdonald College in Red Springs, North Carolina, where she excelled in english and theater. While at Flora MacDonald she met her husband, Cameron Purcell, and they married in 1951 and moved to Jackson, Michigan. In 1959 they moved to Portland, OR, where Jane graduated from Lewis and Clark College (B.A., Education). She was a dedicated and recognized teacher of the 6th grade in Lake Oswego, Oregon until 1964 when Cameron’s job with General Electric transferred them to Louisville, KY. She taught in Louisville for a few years and left the profession to raise her daughter.
Jane Purcell delighted in the written word, the natural world, human exchange, progressive thinking, design, beauty and human achievement, great and small. She was highly empathetic. She loved her dogs. She enjoyed William Faulkner and reading her New Yorker magazine and completing its crossword puzzle. She was talented in interior design and an incredible seamstress.
Jane was an extremely loving, creative and “teaching parent”, who dedicated herself to giving her daughter exceptional life experiences. She loved to travel and did so throughout Europe with her husband, eventually her daughter and later as a volunteer with her husband with the U.S.A.I.D’s International Executive Service Corps in Poland, Russia and Egypt.
Her origins were firmly rooted in her family’s previous generations’ warmth, kindness, respect and civility. On her father’s side she descended from a family of many educators. Her adult years stoked her appreciation for creativity, honesty, open-mindedness and outspokenness. With an innate goodness and love of thought and learning she took the best of every era into her development during her life.
Jane was a long-time member of the Book Club and Garden Club of Indian Hills and Hurstbourne Country Club (1960’s-1980’s).
She is survived by her husband, Cameron Frederick Purcell; her daughter, Julia Elizabeth Harrington Purcell and son-in-law, Todd Klinglesmith; Granddaughter, Eve Jane Lucille Klinglesmith; Sister, Grace Helms Hucks of Fort Mill, SC; Cousins Peggy Haney Griffin, of Greensboro, SC., Joan Haney Hunnicutt of Wingate, NC., and Phyllis Haney Broome of Charlotte, NC. She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Vernon Helms.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, in Louisville, KY. Visitation was held from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to Hosparus of Louisville or the Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program.