Sunday, April 25, 2010

Gladys Helen Purser (1894 - 1948)

Gladys Helen Purser was born on March 2, 1894 in Harwich Township, Kent County, Ontario, Canada. She was the daughter of Albert James Purser and Jennie Smyth. At the age of 9 (1903) she moved with her family to Pontiac, Michigan, USA. She graduated from the original "Groves" Pontiac High School in 1912. She then attended and graduated from Albion College graduating in 1916. While in college she joined Delta Gamma sorority. She met and married Everett C. Russell at the Grand River Avenue Methodist Church in Detroit on April 3, 1924. She had 2 children including a son Robert C. and a daughter Barbara H. She was the past President of the Tuesday Musicale, member of the Colonial Group of the First Congregational Church of Pontiac and a member of the Pillar Club. She passed away on October 31, 1948 in Pontiac and was laid to rest at Perry Mount Park Cemetary in Pontiac, Michigan.

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