Bessie Faye Purler, 68, of Exeter, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.
She was born April 16, 1943, in Essex, the daughter of Eli and Ida (Fields) Payne, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were three brothers, James, Freddie and David Payne, and three sisters, Mary Payne, Jewell Hinshaw and Wilma Lee Rayburn.
Survivors include: one son, Bobby Rayburn and his wife, Kim, of Exeter; four daughters, Carolyn Bowers and her husband, Rick, of Exeter, Sandra Mitchell, of Cedar Hill, Sissy Rayburn, of Exeter, and Sally Morris and her husband, Chuck, of Exeter; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She grew up and received her education at Sikeston, where she graduated from high school. She then took CNA courses and later became a certified med tech (CMT). In 1997, she moved from Owensville to Exeter.
Funeral services were held Saturday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Pastor Doyle Russell conducted the services. Burial was at Fields Cemetery, Shell Knob.
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