Jean Elizabeth Short Purcell, mother, wife, teacher, cancer survivor, and loving sister, died May 23, at the age of 91, in Staunton, Virginia, surrounded by her family. Mom taught school in at Anderson Elementary School, Bancroft Elementary School, and Oates Elementary School in Orange.

She is survived by her son, Andrew A. Purcell and his wife, Paulette of Waynesboro, Virginia; daughter, Valerie Jean Purcell of Waynesboro, Virginia; and son, Jeffrey D. Purcell of Beaumont.

She is also survived by her brother, James A Short and his wife, Helen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; numerous nieces; a nephew, and by her best friend, Joyce Richardson of Beaumont.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A. Draper Purcell; her sister, Margaret Louise (Peggy) Jones; and her brother, William Rodney Short.

Her memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 11, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 680 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. A light reception will follow the service in the church parlor.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Mother’s memory to either the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program, PMB #46, 148 South Dowlen Road, Beaumont, Texas 77707, or to the Scholarship Fund of the Hazel and Floyd Mack Scout Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 21494, Beaumont, Texas 77720.

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