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Mabel Alice (Ellingson) Purrington

January 9, 2018

ALMA, Wis. — Mabel Alice (Ellingson) Purrington, 97, of Alma passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Pepin Health and Rehab.

She was born one of 10 children Sept. 14, 1920, in Wood Lake, Minn., the daughter of Elling and Clara (Podoll) Ellingson. Mabel graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1938. She married Leonard Purrington July 25, 1940.

For many years, Mabel was an active member of Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, St. Elizabeth hospital volunteer, Alma School volunteer and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society especially since she was a cancer survivor. Mabel was also active in her Bible study group. Mabel was a homemaker for many years and she and her husband owned and operated the Buffalo County Journal and the Pepin Laker newspapers from 1960 to 1985.

Mabel is survived by her son, Leonard “Chuck” Jr. of Berlin, Germany; and his sons, Christopher Purrington and Eric (Teresa) Purrington both of Berlin, Germany; son, Barry Purrington of Eagan, Minn.; and his daughter, Elena Purrington; daughter, Judy Purrington of San Jose, Calif.; daughter, Mary Jane (Roger) Cornelius of Racine, Wis., and their children, Megan Cornelius, Molly Cornelius and Patrick Cornelius; and son, Bret (Renee) Purrington of Shakopee, Minn. and their children, Sean Purrington, Bradley Purrington and Jaclyn (Michael) Ramos; great-grandchildren, Ayden Purrington and Victoria, Charles and Catherine Ramos; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; sisters, Elva Schlenner, Luverne Jacobson, Phyllis Sandell, Evelyn Bihner and Lorraine Sorensen; brothers, Kenneth, Lyman, Milton and Hiram Ellingson.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Wabasha, with the Rev. Sherry Drysdale-Schruth presiding. A visitation will begin one hour prior to service. Mabel will be laid to rest next to her husband at 10:30 Monday, Jan. 15, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Talbot Family Funeral Homes-Alma Chapel is assisting the family. Please share your condolences and memories online at www.talbotfuneralhomes.com.

The family requests memorial donations go to the American Cancer Society or Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Pepin Health and Rehab for their wonderful care, comfort and concern.