Pursley nee Wilcox, Joanna "Kay"

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Friday, August 28, 2020

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Friday, August 28, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Luebbering Citizens Community Cemetery, Grubville, MO

Memorials / Donations:


Joanna Kay Pursley, known to all as Kay, of St. Clair, MO, formerly Lonedell, MO, departed this life in St. Clair, on August 22, 2020, having reached the age of eighty-seven years, nine months and nine days. Kay was born in St. Louis, MO, on November 13, 1932, daughter of Oliver Earl Wilcox and Edith Eliza Wilcox nee Westfall. On March 28, 1953, she was united in marriage to Virgil Daniel Pursley, known to all as Ben, and one daughter came to bless this union.

Kay is survived by her daughter, Ellen Kay DeMoor and husband, Anthony C., known to all as Tony, of Lonedell, MO; by three grandchildren, Kaysandra Rosson and husband, Rich Detert, of Union, MO, Margaret DeMoor of Cuba, MO and Anthony P. DeMoor and wife, Kari, of St. Clair, MO; by four great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Edith Wilcox; by her husband, Ben Pursley; by two brothers, Ernest and Charles Wilcox, and by two sisters, Wilma Buddrius and Lavona Ellrich.

Kay was a Christian, having been raised in the Baptist faith. During her working years, she was employed as a waitress in the restaurant industry. Kay was a vibrant lady that loved to dance, bowl on a league, play Bingo and enjoy the fellowship of friends and family. Playing cards, working cross word puzzles and reading were other hobbies. She also enjoyed doing embroidery work. Listening to Elvis Presley music was a favorite pastime as well. As a young woman, Kay had served as a 4-H and was active in the Lonedell PTA. In recent years, nothing made her happier than the time she spent with her daughter and grandchildren.

A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great and great-grandmother, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 28, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jeff Scott officiating. Interment was in Luebbering Citizen’s Community Cemetery, Grubville, MO.