Joan Purdy, originally from Roswell, New Mexico, passed away on October 11, 2013, in Shreveport, Louisiana, after living a life full of family and friends. She was blessed to be surrounded by those she loved and whose hearts she touched during her unique life’s journey.
Joan raised four children with her husband, James Foster Dykes, who preceded her in death. She is survived by children Denise Dykes Ponder and husband Dennis Ray Ponder of Uncertain, Texas, Debora Dykes Kelly and partner Scott Anthony Messina of Aspen, Colorado, Martin James Dykes and wife Danielle Valadez Dykes of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Christopher Edward Dykes of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Kathryn Joan Ponder, Mitchell Ray Ponder, Rebecca Danielle Dykes, and Rhiannon Michelle Dykes; and great-grandchildren, Reagen Addyson Love and Ryleigh Denise Love. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Edward Purdy and Marion Jewett Purdy of Roswell, New Mexico, as well as her sisters, Margot Marie Purdy and Jean Purdy Schum-pert.
Besides the love of her family, Joan’s two passions in life were art and service to others. She was an accomplished watercolorist for more than 35 years and showed her art in museums, galleries, and restaurants. She was a member of the Hoover Watercolor and the Louisiana Watercolor Societies and her paintings were published in art journals and won several prestigious awards. She also helped others find their artistic side through watercolor classes in her home.
Joan spent countless hours helping others in the recovery community that meant so much to her. She never ceased her spiritual journey and mentored and encouraged others on theirs, always available with a kind word, suggestion, or prayer.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to Oakwood Home For Women, 1700 Highland Avenue, Shreveport, LA, 71101 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, 9449 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, LA. Officiating will be Barbara Jarrell.
The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. until service begins and will remain 30 minutes following the service in the church’s social hall.