Gloria C. Purnell (nee Montantes), age 73 of East Chicago, IN passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021. She is survived by her son, Duncan Purnell; 7 grandchildren: Anthony Lardydell, Duncan Purnell, Jr., Antwoine Harris, DeVante Purnell, Andre Harris, Elizabeth Purnell and Lauren Purnell; brother, Efrain Montantes; sisters: Maria Aguinaga, Martha Flores and Blanca Herrera. Preceded in death by her Ex-Husband, Paul Purnell; daughter, Leticia Purnell; parents, Pedro and Nicomedes Montantes; brothers, John and Jesse Montantes; sister, Irma Almazan.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 3, 2022 at 10:30 am at the FIFE FUNERAL HOME, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN with Pastor Charles Thompson officiating. Burial to follow at Evergreen Memorial Park, Hobart, IN. Visitation at the FIFE FUNERAL HOME will be from 9:00 am to 10:30 am Monday morning. **MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED**
Gloria was born in Juan Eugenio, Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. She was a staple in the East Chicago Community. She was a head of the Recreation Department from Heritage Hall to 151st Street Center for over 25 years. In helping so many families, she became a known entity from children to politics, from Mayor Pastrick to Mayor Copeland. “Ms. Gloria” was a vital part in the direction of East Chicago for multiple years. Faith based, tireless worker, great mother and grandmother, she was a beacon of light for anyone she came in contact with. To share an online condolence, logon to www.fifefuneralhome.com
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