For over 40 years, Mary Purvis (in photo) groomed sash-wearers to work for non-profits.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Community Benefactor Celebrated at Funeral
By Susan Maxwell Skinner
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Many people knew Mary Purvis as a woman whose abiding passion was beauty pageants.
There was much more than crowns and sashes to the Citrus Heights resident, but legacy’s spotlight inevitably falls on her enduring court of crowned protégés. “She was my hero, my savior, my teacher and my other mother,” said former Miss Orangevale Tamara Barbu-Brown (now California Talent Queen) at Purvis’s funeral. “She’ll always be the biggest jewel in my crown.”
Aged 86, Purvis died from complications following a recent fall. “Mary is now in the hands of the ultimate crown-maker,” said another of her pageant veterans.