Dolretta Purtell

Dolretta F. “Dolly” Purtell, age 86, of Hillsboro, Ohio, died Thursday Nov. 22, 2018 at her home.

She was born in Ponca City, Okla. April 5,1932. Upon her graduation in 1951 from Ponca City High School, she passed an exam that landed her a job as an intern in Washington, D. C.

She is survived by her husband, Oliver Purtell, three children, Denise Bradley of Hillsboro, Terry Purtell of Loja, Ecuador, Duane Purtell of Overland Park, Kan.; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one sister, Winnie Covill, Ponca City, Okla.

Graveside funeral services were held at McHorse Cemetery in Lockesburg at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, with Larry Fry officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorial donations can be made to the Arkansas Baptist Foundation, 10 Remington Dr., Little Rock, AR 72204 in memory of Dolretta Purtell. Funds will be used to support Christian education in the state of Arkansas.

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