Sarah Purnell

Obituary of Sarah Helen Purnell

Sarah Helen Purnell departed this life on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Sarah was born in Robersonville, NC on October 21, 1947, to the late Charles and Mary Willie Johnson. Sarah's parents relocated to Atlantic City, NJ, where Sarah was raised and educated in the Atlantic City public school system. As an only child, Sarah grew up with her beloved cousins, the Bethea Family, in which she affectionately called her sisters and brothers. During her high school years, Sarah met and married the love of her life, LaGrant Purnell. They were blessed with five children: Lisa Purnell, Rachelle Purnell, Anthony Purnell, Mary Purnell, and Shareefah Simpkins. During her working career, Sarah was employed by Seashore Gardens Nursing Home, in addition to various nursing homes in the area, Betty Bacharach, Senator, and Eastern Pines. Years later, she joined the casino industry, where she retired from the Golden Nugget Casino. Affectionately known as "Mom-Mom," she not only mothered and nurtured her biological children, but to so many others. Sarah loved to cook, and her favorite place to dine was Golden Corral. She also loved to dance, and would often share fond memories of Denise Bethea teaching her the latest moves. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, LaGrant Purnell, and her two children, Lisa and Anthony Purnell, Sr. She leaves to mourn and cherish fond memories: her daughters, Rachelle Purnell, Mary Purnell, and Shareefah Simpkins all of Atlantic City, NJ; her grandchildren, Anthony Purnell, Jr. of Pennsylvania, Harold Edwards, Jr. of Sewell, NJ, Tameisha Purnell, Johnny Carter, Madinah Nelson, Ciera Gallagher, Amyah Simpkins, Aneesa Leach, and Syncere Wellman all of Atlantic City, NJ; great grandchildren, Ja'Nelle McKenzie and Layla Ames; maternal aunts, Teressa Hill of Sicklerville, NJ and Thelma Manning of Dillon, SC; and a host of family, friends, and her beloved dog, "Pop-Pop." Funeral services will be 11AM, Saturday, January 25, 2020, New Hope Baptist Church, 704 Lexington Avenue, Atlantic City, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow in Atlantic City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.
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Saturday
25
January

Visitation at Main Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, January 25, 2020
New Hope Baptist Church
704 Lexington Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Saturday
25
January

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Saturday, January 25, 2020
New Hope Baptist Church
704 Lexington Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Atlantic City Cemetery
New Road & Washington Avenue
Pleasantville, New Jersey, United States
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