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Linda “Winnie” Joyce Thurston


Funeral services for Linda “Winnie” Joyce Thurston, 69, of Purcell were held Monday, August 16, 2021 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mrs. Thurston passed away August 9, 2021 at her home in Purcell.

Linda Perry was born the sixth of 11 children to Ernest Hayes Perry and Bessie Imittie Perry on March 5, 1952. She grew up in Purcell and attended school there.

Linda married Kenneth “Buster” Thurston Jr. on March 8, 1970 in Purcell, and together they had three sons, Jerry, Micheal and Johnathan. Linda was primarily a homemaker and loved caring for her family. She was a “mother to many,” taking care of nieces, nephews, and eventually her grandchildren who brought her great joy and purpose in life.

For a time, Linda was a custodian for Purcell Public Schools where she took great pride in her work. Linda loved to fish and had many wonderful times on the banks, pole in hand, with people she loved, whether she got a bite or not. Linda also enjoyed a good trip to the casino and listening to her collection of classic country CDs lovingly curated by her family. She will be missed deeply by those whose lives she touched in this world.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Bessie Perry; her husband, Kenneth Thurston Jr.; her brother, Ronald Joe Perry and her sister, Marilyn Perry.

She is survived by her children, Jerry Thurston and wife, Belinda, of Purcell, Micheal Thurston and wife, Jessica, of Purcell and Johnathan Thurston and wife, Ashley, of Purcell;  her brothers, Harold Ray Perry of Noble, Larry Dale Perry and wife, Debbie, of Purcell and Ernest Pascal Perry and wife, Mary Lou, of Slaughterville; sisters, Theda Gail Deason of Purcell, Carolyn Kennedy and husband, Charles, of Washington, Shirley Marie Thompson and husband, Burl, of Lexington and Julie Diane O’Neal Smith and husband, Carl, and Janet Lynn O’Conner and husband, Dennis, all of Lampassas, Texas;  sister-in-law, Barbara Perry of Lexington; 13 grandchildren, Mathew and wife, Hannah, Andrew, Hailey, Natalie, Brody, Kylie, Aubrey, Brandon, Cadace, Hazel, Rayven, Destanie, and Kathlin; one great-grandchild, Dewayne, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.    

Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.