Lois was born on Friday, August 13, 1943, to Wilford and Erna Bamman. She always said Friday the 13th was her day and it never scared her or gave her pause. In fact, not much did scare her and some would call her “Never Nervous Purvis”.
She was the youngest of four children and grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri. She graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1961 and was proud to be a Wildcat.
She lost both parents just a few years after she graduated. She was very close with her siblings, Deborah, Mike, and Marion. Their bond was unbreakable and gave them strength and comfort in good times and bad.
Lois was a typesetter by trade, spending much of her time at a small secretarial company in South Kansas City. Upon leaving there, she worked several different places until the use of computers made typesetting as she knew it largely obsolete. She soon found herself working at the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she would remain for over 25 years until her death.
She was a tenacious, fiercely independent, loving, free spirit who was never afraid to speak her mind. She was spunky, sassy, and fun and had a wonderful sense of humor. She had a smile that could truly light up a room. She was the epitome of the phrase “force of nature”.
She met the love of her life, Monty, in the early 1970s when he was playing in a band with his brothers at local night clubs. She loved music, laughter, dancing, and fast cars. Monty gave her those things in abundance, and they were married on January 13, 1972. At that time, the Purvis family was a family of four, with Lois becoming stepmom to Monty’s two sons, Terry and Rickey.
In 1974, the Purvis quartet became a family of five when Lois and Monty welcomed their daughter, Jennifer. Lois was so excited and couldn’t wait to meet her baby.
Lois poured her whole heart and soul into being a wife and mother and absolutely adored her daughter, as well as her entire family, Bammans and Purvises alike. She truly lived for family gatherings. She loved seeing everyone and having fun talking, laughing, and just being together.
Her second greatest love, after her family, was football. Specifically, she loved the Kansas City Chiefs, a love that she would pass on to her daughter. Her love for the Chiefs started when they came to Kansas City and never wavered. She could talk all day about the beauty of Otis Taylor and the gorgeous smile of Derrick Thomas. She would anxiously await game day and could always be found sitting in her chair in front of the TV, wearing a Chiefs shirt (lately, it was one saying “Mom says his name is Patrick”), and cheering loudly for “her boys”. Between Lois and her daughter and their very emphatic yelling, it is a wonder that no one ever called the police!
After losing her husband in 2015, and successfully beating cancer that same year, she and her daughter became inseparable. They were truly two peas in a pod. They did everything together. Lois often told Jennifer “I don’t know what I would do without you”, and she would never have to find out. The two leaned on each other to get through everything.
Lois was a big, bright, shining light who leaves a deep, wide mark on this Earth that can never be filled. Heaven surely got a whole lot brighter when she walked through the Gates.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister Deborah, her brother Mike, and her in-laws Kenneth and Loene. She is survived by her brother Marion and his wife Diane, her daughter Jennifer, her stepsons Terry and Rickey, her grandson Jordan and his wife Kylie, her great-grandson Jax, numerous other family, friends, and co-workers, and last, but not least, her beloved dog.
Services will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza on November 19, 2021. The Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 p.m. A reception will follow at Conroy’s Public House on Rainbow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lois Purvis Memorial Fund on Go Fund Me, https://gofund.me/9ce446b5, to help in completing the home repairs that she and her daughter recently started and that Lois was so excited to see.