Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | June 19, 2014

The Celebration of the Life of Nancie Purtill

 Nancie – We will miss you!

Nancie Purtill

Nancie Jacqueline Purtill

Friday, June 20th – Visitation at Fuller Funeral Home on Pine Ridge Road – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 21st – Funeral at First Baptist Church of Naples on Livingston (in the Chapel) – 10:30 a.m.

Music was central to Nancie’s life. Her numerous concert and T.V. performances included appearances with Pat Boone, Sherri Lewis, Mary Ann Mobley, Gary Collins, Doug Oldham and Bill and Danny Gaither.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Olivet University (IL), and a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan.

She traveled in more than ninety-four countries and was pianist for receptions at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France and the Georgian Tea Room at “Harrods” in London, England.  Her musical experiences included teaching, arranging, solo and concert performances, directing and producing.

She taught high school, performed as Church Choir Director and organist, pianist and soloist with Max Davey Singers, Orchestra in Detroit, Michigan and Headliner aboard the Royal Odyssey Cruise Liner and the QE2.

 She is survived by three sons.  Bradford is a retired Lt. Colonel; now working for the State Dept. in Chicago. His wife is a General in the Army. Sheldon has his own International Co., “Tradco” in Indianapolis, IN. Chad works at the Chamber of Commerce, Health Insurance, in Lansing MI.


Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free I’m following the path God has chosen for me. I took His hand when I heard him call; I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way; I’ve now found peace at the end of day.

If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; Oh yes, these things, I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow Look for the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much; Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seems all to brief; Don’t lengthen your pain with undue grief. Lift up your heart and peace to thee, God wanted me now-He set me free

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