Tressie Mae (Boyd) Pursifull, 92, daughter of Millard and Samantha (Morgan) Boyd, was born March 26, 1925, in Eunice, Mo. She passed away Dec. 19, 2017, at Texas County Hospital, Houston, Mo.

Tressie was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Joe, Harry, Wade, Leburn and Ottis; three sisters, Vera, Velma and Alida; her husband, George; a son, Dale; and a granddaughter, Lisa Henry. She is survived by a brother, Troy Boyd and sister, Dovie Garrett of Success, Mo.; two daughters, Evelyene Lewis and husband, Frank, of Raymondville, Mo., and Loretta Friend and husband, Ernie, of Licking, Mo.; a son, Jerold Pursifull and wife, Lisa, of Houston, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She married George Pursifull on June 19, 1949, and to this union four children were born. Tressie was a member of the Raymondville Baptist Church and received Christ as her Savior in her later years.

Tressie worked at International Shoe Co. of Houston and at Rawlings in Licking before retiring. She loved gardening, growing flowers, canning and quilting. She was a wonderful quilter and made quilts for all of her children, grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She loved to go sightseeing around the state.

Tressie loved her family and family get-togethers, especially at Evelyene’s when friends would bring musical instruments and play and sing around the bonfire. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She was always ready with a helping hand to anyone that needed it. She will be missed by all who loved and knew her.

Services were 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Evans Funeral Home with Benjamin Pursifull officiating. Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerold Purisfull, Benjamin Pursifull, Matt Pursifull, Caleb Pursifull, Travis Pursifull, Brant Farris, Logan Farris, Michael Blake, Wesley Blake and Matthew Pursifull.

Memorials may be made to Union Chapel Cemetery, in lieu of flowers. To send an online condolence, please go to

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