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Gerlinde Jenne


Funeral services for Gerlinde Jenne,  72, of Purcell were held Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at the Wilson-Litle Funeral Home Chapel. Services were under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mrs. Jenne passed away Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Gerlinde Hedwig Ferguson was born October 19, 1948, in Kahl am Main, Bavaria, Germany, the middle child of Louis Warren Ferguson and Maria Jean (Seitz) Ferguson.  Gerlinde was raised in Denver City, Texas, where she attended school. She enjoyed her high school days, and was a star volleyball player. After high school, Gerlinde attended beauty school in Lubbock, before following her parents to Oklahoma, and settling in Purcell.

At the time, she was waiting tables at Rubys, where she met a local boy named Richard Jenne. They were married in December of 1970, and to this union, two children, Derek and Megan were born.

Gerlinde worked hard to provide for her children. She eventually took a job at the Joseph Harp Correctional Facility, retiring as a supervisor after more than 25 years of dedicated service. And she was the ultimate mother, never missing a game or an activity.

Later life got even sweeter, when she became a grandmother, and Gerlinde was the best “Grammy” and “Biggie B” to Eden, Loxley and Everly. They were her pride and joy. She was funny and quick witted, and always there if you needed her. Gerlinde loved sports cars, and especially her 6 speed Camaro and her Red Trans Am. She will be dearly missed!

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Richard Jenne; her parents, Louis and Maria Ferguson and special nephew, Stuart Cook.

Gerlinde is survived by her children, Derek Jenne and wife, Carly, of Purcell and Megan Spears and husband, Eric, of Purcell; brother, Kris Ferguson and wife, Gwen, of Enid; sister, Julie Comer of Purcell; her grandbabies, Eden, Loxley and Everly and a host of other family and friends.  

Honorary Pallbearers were Raed Moutassam, Oscar Mendoza, Derek Jenne, Eric Spears, Josh Huff, Jason Cook, Brandon Comer, Alfredo Luna and Little Ricky Jenne. 

Gerlinde was an animal lover through and through, in lieu of flowers please send donations to Purcell Animal Shelter, or the ASPCA.  

Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.