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Rella Maxine (Purkey) Shahan

January 14, 1937 ~ September 15, 2019 (age 82)
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Rella Maxine (Purkey) Shahan, 82, of Tunnelton, WV, died on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Rella was born January 14, 1937, in Sully, WV, a daughter of the late James William and Fanny (Roby) Purkey. She was a 1954 graduate of Tunnelton High School. She was a member of Mt. View United Methodist Church and the Colonel Rowan Post #2345 Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by three sisters; Sharon Hudson of NC, Bonnie Hickman and Helen Gorrell of WV; two brothers, Lenard of PA and Willis of AZ. A very special thank you to her nephew, Danny Shahan and neighbor, Willard McCure of OH for their care and assistance throughout her life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Howard Fay Shahan, June 17, 2000; three sisters, Geraldine Kolter, Ileta Britton and Betty Webb; three brothers, Berlen D. Purkey, Ronald J. Purkey and Donald B. Purkey; four brothers-in-law, Teddie Webb, James Kolter, Joe Gorrell and Kenneth Hudson; two sisters-in-law, Lois Backel Purkey and Peggy V. Purkey.

Friends will be received at the Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel, 295 South Price Street, on Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 4-8pm; on Friday, September 20, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral service in the funeral home chapel at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Tom Strahin officiating. Interment will be held at the WV National Cemetery, Pruntytown.

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