Friday Aug 29 2008
Family, volunteering come first for gold miner’s daughter
By: Staff report
Joyce Purvis, resident of Eskaton Village in Roseville, recently celebrated her 80th birthday. She began life as a gold miner’s daughter in the mountains of Colorado. Her family never struck it rich in gold, but by her accounts the values she learned as a child truly made her life golden. Purvis and her late husband, Jack, raised their children with those values. The pride in her voice cannot be missed as she tells of her two children, five grandchildren and three (soon to be four) great-grandchildren. Her recent move to Eskaton Village was partly spurred by her desire to live closer to her family, which she says has always been at the center of her life. But giving to family was only the beginning for this small, dynamic woman. Believing that volunteers are the backbone of the community she spent many years in service to the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home, the San Juan School District, in church leadership and was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award for her service to the American Heart Association. Purvis said she’s had a very “blessed” life. A huge heartache for Purvis happened when she lost her husband Jack. He died in 1984. In the years following his death, Purvis continued volunteering with the American Heart Association and did a great deal of traveling. She remained active with the Carmichael Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon, elder, wedding coordinator and Stephen minister. Gardening and photography are also passions for Purvis, who continues to take photos. Purvis is now enjoying her new patio home in Eskaton Village Roseville and looking forward to the birth of her fourth great-grandchild who she plans to visit in Nevada. Two of her great grandchildren live close by and she’s able to be a large part of their lives.