Today is Friday, August 18, 2017

Gladys Marie Tichrow Purkett, 87

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She left a legacy of five grandchildren: Tim and Mark Purkett, Lisa Paulino Nelson, Jaren Pauline and Lori Paulino Forrest; four great grandchildren: Elliana, Marina and Finly Nelson and Madisyn Forrest.

She always put everyone else's needs above her own and selflessly gave of all she had. Since moving to Alaska the second time in 2010 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, her greatest joy and sunshine in her life was her great granddaughter Madisyn. They were buddies and spent much time together reading books, coloring, playing catch (the best Granny could do) and favorite of all -- playing doctor and patient. Being knowledgeable in the medical routine, Madisyn gave a very "professional" examination using her own doctor kit. These precious memories will forever be in our hearts.

She was a great cook and loved sharing meals with friends and family. She enjoyed the beautiful flowers in the summer and praised God for the spectacular beauty in Alaska with the majestic mountains, rivers and lakes.

In her last days she was blessed with the loving care of Diane Pasquier, and Kay Gardner (who came every Friday to read to her and visit). We will forever be grateful to them for giving of their time and loving her.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Orville and Wally Teichrow; sisters Florence Reddig and Carolyn Larsen.

She is survived by her sister Helen DeRoeck of Great Falls, MT; children and their spouses Jerome (Saundra) Purkett of Santa Clarita, CA; Rodney (Gail) Purkett of Lebanon and daughter Pamela (Tom) Marok of Soldotna, AK.

Her smile and loving spirit will be greatly missed by her family and friends. We rejoice that she is no longer hurting and is singing with the angels and walking with Jesus on the streets of gold.

A private memorial service is planned.

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