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171 Humboldt Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02121
Phone: 617-427-5625
Fax: 617-427-2869
Evangeline Purvis

Evangeline Purvis

Tuesday, June 6th, 1939 - Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
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Evangeline “Beverly” Purvis was Born in Bangor, ME to the late Lucious and Evangeline Wicker on June 6, 1939. Beverly attended school in Bangor, ME and decided at a very young age to get married.

In 1978 Beverly started working at the Copley Plaza Hotel working as a Chamber Maid, where she retired in 2008. She was preceded in death by her daughter Sonya Purvis and her siblings Effie “Mickey” Hill, Stellar Wicker, Pauline Wicker, Martha “Lucy” Williams, Yvonne Williams, Lucious Wicker, Nathan Weary, Robert “Bobby Wicker, Richard “Dickey” Wicker, David “Barney” Wicker, Clarence Close.

Those who knew Bev knew she loved life, She lived life to the fullest. Bev loved her family and would do anything to keep us together. Bev played cards, danced, drank and would cuss you out in a flash of an eye. 2013 Bev was diagnosed with Dementia and was being taken care of by her family and with the help of a longtime friend/neighbor who truly is family Sheila Sutherland. Bev attended The Rogerson Adult Day Care keeping the staff on their toes. March 23, 2020 her Adult Care Center was closed due to the pandemic covid 19. She spent the last two months at home being taken care of by family and her new PCA Robin Turner. Bev is going to be missed by all.

Beverly leaves to mourn her children Victoria Perry, Lorna Adkins, David Purvis, Anthony Purvis (Sonya), Nicole Purvis-Donnell (Wendell), James Lindsey (Brenda), Herbert Lindsey. She leaves her grandchildren Antwon Purvis, Robson Mcphail James Adkins, Curtis Perry Jr. Anthony Jr., Brandon Wicker, Keillen Smith, La’Asia Trusty, Tanisha and Shawna Lindsey. She also leaves behind her great grandchildren Harmony, Ayvah, Keyante, Khaleal, Keillen III, Nyla, Aalyah Desmond, Savannah, Julien, Dominic, Briana, Ebony, Brittany, Ria, Robson Jr. Devante, DeAndre, Olivia, Victoria, and Amaya She also leaves behind her sisters Alice Edwards and Claudette Cumberland and a host of great-great grandchildren, friends and family.


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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 1st, 2020 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Monday, June 1st, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Riley-Antoine Funeral Home
    171 Humboldt Ave.
    Dorchester, MA 02121
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  • Service

    Monday, June 1st, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Monday, June 1st, 2020 12:30pm
    Riley-Antoine Funeral Home
    171 Humboldt Ave.
    Dorchester, MA 02121
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  • Interment

    St. Michael Cemetery
    500 Canterbury Street
    ROSLINDALE, MA 02131
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Michael Kozu

Posted at 11:28am
On behalf of Project RIGHT, Inc., I extend our deepest sympathies to Nicole and her family on their loss. Let us know how we can provide support to your family during this next period.

Regina Logan

Posted at 11:19am
To the family of Ms. Evangeline Purvis,
While I did not meet. Evangeline personally, I was blessed with her spirit and light thru Nicole. I thank God for providing the family with strength thru this trying time. May He continue to keep and bless you all. Please accept my condolences, love, and prayers on this day.
Ms. Regina Logan

Wendy Rawlins

Posted at 10:06am
Yet another influential woman in my life has left here physically but her laughter, her love, her generosity, her truth telling, her confidence and her spirit lives on in me and my my family forever! Aunt Beverly we will miss you but will not let go of the memories you created for us. Kiss daddy for me and give our love to all your brothers and sisters greeting you on that side. Elaine Wicker-Grant and ALL her children & Grands cherish and love you! Love Pooh, Kimmy Girl, Davie, Doozie, Troy, Lil Loyd, & Derie Wicker! Rest Easy Auntie

Robin Turner

Posted at 08:10am
Good Morning to Mrs. Bev's family. I was introduce to her last year in May. I haven't had the pleasure of knowing this family before coming to work with them as her PCA. but from the first moment of introduction to Mrs Bev and Nicole, Vicky it was with open arms. I was told that Mrs Bev loved her music and dancing. So I asked Alexia to play the temptations and her favorite song "My Girl" came on and Mrs Bev got up from her chair at the kitchen table and began dancing. and so that was my light into the world of Mrs Bev. She was dancing and smiling that beautiful smile. I laughed and smile with her and cheered her on as she was moving those hips side to side in her very fashionable way. So to the family it was a pleasure to be able to help take care of such a lovely lady, person , a mother, grand-mother, great grand mother, and great great grand mother, aunt, sister and a mother to all who got to know her in her life time. So in remembrance to Mrs Bev you will surely be missed and even through I didn't have the pleasure of knowing her before her becoming to the illness of Dementia. I did get to see her strong will and got the messages very clearly that she was a determine and strong person with or without being able to speak and tell you her mind.

love to you all
Robin Turner

Julia Brown

Posted at 04:36am
To the family of Evangeline Beverly Purvis, we are truly sorry for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and prayers for your comfort and strength. We will truly miss Beverly. Julia Brown and family

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