Jean \nBurchinal Purvis of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed \naway on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at her residence. \n\nShe was born January 28, 1922, in Washington, \nPennsylvania to the late Warren S. Burchinal and the \nlate Florence Iseman Burchinal. \n\nOriginally from Washington, PA, Jean grew up as the \nyoungest of three children. She graduated from \nPennsylvania College for Women, now Chatham \nUniversity. Upon graduation, Jean went to New York, \nwhere she lived and worked for two years. She \nmarried and moved to Butler after the war with her \nhusband, Dr. Joseph D. Purvis, Jr. Jean and her \nhusband had five children. This large family did not \nin any way prevent her from living a life of \noutstanding service to her community.\n\nJean helped establish the Butler Visiting Nursing \nAssociation and served on the board of directors. \nShe served two terms on Butler Area School Board as \nthe Chair of the Building Committee for the \nIntermediate School, as a Chair of the Committee on \nExtended School Year, and negotiated contracts with \nteachers. Jean worked for 13 years at Burt Hill \nKosar Rittelmann Architects as a Director of \nMarketing, where she developed all promotional \nmaterials, helped to plan prospective client \npresentations, established and edited a monthly \nnewsletter. She also worked as Public Relations \nConsultant for Irene Pasinski Associates that did \ngraphic designs. \n\nJean was a member and President of the League of \nWomen Voters. Jean was involved with United Way in \npromotion and served as an assistant to the chair \nfor one year. She served on the State Committee on \nVocational Education, as Governor's Appointment for \nfive years and as a Chair for three years, working \nwith other school boards to support the building of \nVocational - Technical school for the county. Jean \nwas a founding committee member of Leadership Butler \nCounty and worked with Ralph Burt to establish the \nLeadership Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. \nBeing a 20 year plus member of the Butler County \nCommunity College Foundation, Jean was named First \nMember Emeritus and was on the board development \ncommittee. She was a member of the Butler Health \nSystems Foundation for 20 years. \nIn 2005, she saw the original Volunteers in Medicine \nClinic, in Hilton Head, SC. Inspired by that model \nof providing free medical care for adults without \nhealth insurance or access to health care, she \npushed Butler Community leaders to establish the \nCommunity Health Clinic of Butler County, which \nopened in 2008. In 2018, the Clinic was renamed the \nJean B. Purvis Community Health Center. Since its \nopening, the Clinic has impacted more than 10,000 \nindividuals. \nJean received many awards for her community service, \nincluding, most recently, the Senator John Heinz \nAward, from the United Way's Tocqueville Society, \nand the Women's Leadership Council Award, from the \nUnited Way of Southwestern PA. The Butler Rotary \nawarded Jean the Distinguished Service Award. She \nreceived the Community Service Award from the \nEndowment for Butler County. Jean was given the \nWomen of Legacy Award from Butler Health System. She \nwas presented the Andrus Award by the AARP of \nPennsylvania. \n\nJean wrote and published two books: "A Medical \nHistory of Butler" in 2000 and "A Pictorial History \nof Butler" with co-author, Stephen Pozar, that was \npublished in 1981 and revised in 1990. \n\nShe was an avid reader, and an enthusiastic golfer, \nscoring two aces - the most recent at the age of 89.\n \nJean is \nsurvived by her three sons, Joseph D. (Sandy) Purvis \nIII of NC, William W. (Mihae Lee) Purvis of CT, \nRobert D. (Suzy Shedd) Purvis of VT; one daughter, \nSally Purvis Recio of Butler, PA; eleven \nGrandchildren, Jos Purvis, Jess Purvis, Rosalie \nPurvis, Clara Purvis Fleming, Ron Recio, Matt Recio, \nJennifer Recio, Tim Recio, Heather Jaffey, Emily \nKing, and Lili Thomas; 13 great grandchildren; one \nsister-in-law, Kay Burchinal; three nieces; and two \nnephews.\n\nShe was preceded in death by her brother, David \nBurchinal; her sister, Eleanor Ruffner; her \nstepsister, Patricia Redding; her husband, Joseph D. \nPurvis, Jr, MD, who she married in June 1943 and who \npassed away on November 23, 1987; one son, Thomas W. \nPurvis; and her partner, Bud Huselton. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to \nJean B. Purvis Community Health Center, 103 Bonnie \nDrive, Butler, PA 16002. \n\nArrangements are being handled by the \nThompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 East North St., \nButler, PA 16001.\n\n\nOnline condolences can be given at \nwww.thompson-miller.com.