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Friday, March 15
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Isabella Purmal

January 5, 1934 - March 8, 2024

PURMAL, Isabella Wilkie
A star in heaven is shining brighter tonight as we share the news of the passing of “Isie” Purmal at 90 years of age on Friday, March 8, 2024 caused by complications from a fall. Isie and her husband, Earl (who passed away in 2017) were married for over 60 years and welcomed three daughters – Teresa, Kathryn, and Carol (John) and a grandson, Mackenzie. Isie’s mother Hannah, father John, sister Hannah, and son-in-law Ed Shanley have already made their journeys to heaven. Isie was a kind, gracious, and compassionate lady with a strong faith that helped her through many of life’s challenges and taught her to celebrate love and joy. Her caring nature lent itself well to her career choice as a nurse as she graduated in 1955 from her training at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton. As a long-time member and Elder of The South Gate Presbyterian Church, Isie enjoyed teaching children the word of God and was Church School Superintendent for many years. As a member of the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, she supported and participated in the many important projects undertaken by the WMS. Isie taught her daughters how to love unconditionally, value the importance of family and friendships, and to always see the best in others. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Special thanks to all the compassionate staff members at Grace Villa, especially nurses Dawn and Kim and PSW’s on Floor One and to the nurses and doctors on Juravinski’s Orthopedic Surgical team. Also many thanks to our special angels on earth – Karen, Mike, Julie, Deanna, and Rev. Charmain Sebestyen – for the countless hours they spent visiting Isie in the hospital and at Grace Villa and for picking up and dropping off our family members anytime of the day and night; our friends for their visits, emails, phone calls, and words of encouragement; and the support of our South Gate Church and the newly formed Trinity Presbyterian Church families. Visitation will take place at M.A. Clark & Sons Funeral Home, (567 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton) on Thursday, March 14, 2024 from 4 to 7 p.m. Celebration of Life Service to be held on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.at M.A. Clark & Sons Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Pet Trust Fund, the WMS of the Presbyterian Church in Canada or the charity of your choice.
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry,
Everything to God in prayer.
--Joseph Scriven
Book of Condolences
Judy Hardy

Posted on: March 18, 2024

To you all, I was very saddened to learn of Mrs. Purmal's passing. I remember her very fondly from when I attended South Gate Church and she will always be Mrs, Purmal to me. She was a dear friend to my Mom, Ruth Larwood. She is now with Earl and her church ladies. Rest in peace dear lady. I am ending with the rest of the words to What a friend we have in Jesus since I read the first part earlier in the obituary. It is a favourite hymn of mine & I am assuming Isabella's. I will be thinking of Isabella whenever I am singing it. "Oh what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needles pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. " With my deepest sympathy, Judy Hardy
Janice Moffat

Posted on: March 13, 2024

My sincerest sympathies for the loss of your mom. She was a great lady. I knew her (and the family) from a young age from being in many of her Sunday school classes. Always a warm and welcoming lady. Lots of patience and commitment.
The world has lost an angel. Now she is with Earl. Take comfort in that.
Rest in Peace Mrs Purmall
Molly Shannon

Posted on: March 12, 2024

As sad as it is to say good bye to someone very special, we can celebrate that Isabella lived a life of purpose for 90 years. She was known for her love and care towards others and for her ever cheerful personality. Isie devoted herself to God's work, especially at The South Gate Presbyterian Church. She was truly a lady who always lived up to the Bible verse, Micah 6: 8 "What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"

I extend my deepest sympathy to Isabella's family, the people she loved with a passion.
Jacqueline Howard

Posted on: March 12, 2024

I always knew Aunt Isabelle as a very kind and gentle person. She will be missed. Big hugs to the family.
Karen Kasik

Posted on: March 11, 2024

My sincerest condolences to you and your family Teresa. Thinking of you.