Philia Louise Purcella Wilson
January 24, 1945  -  September 15, 2017

Philia Louise Purcella Wilson

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A Memorial and Celebration of Life
Midway Family Church
63 Yakima Road
Midway, NM  88230
Thursday, September 21, 2017
2 PM
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Alzheimers Association
NM chapter
404 1/2 North Kentucky, NM  88201

Philia Louise Purcella Wilson passed away Friday, September 15, 2017. A memorial and celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Midway Family Church 63 Yakima Road, Midway, NM. Pastor Jack Ferguson of Tinnie Baptist Church officiating.

Philia Louise Purcella Wilson was born January 24, 1945 in Globe, Arizona to Martin and LeVerne (Jackie) Purcella. Philia’s lifelong love was her family, ranching, team roping, dancing; and the animals that were a part of her life. Her zest for life was mirrored by her varied interests and acquiesces. She was one of New Mexico’s first certified Para-Legals and for many years was Director of Para-Legal Studies at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. Philia was a gifted artist, whose painting have been placed on public display. She was a licensed pilot. Her ability as a coach for aspiring rodeo queens was well known. Philia was active as a local and state Officer of Kairos Outside, a Christian Ministry to the families of incarcerated men. Philia loved life and all of God’s creatures, great and small. She was a cherished member of the Tinnie Baptist Church.

Philia was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and LeVerne (Jackie) Purcella.

She is survived by, husband, Ken Wilson; son, Windell (Dub) Wilson; daughters, Helena Crabtree, Pat Simmons; granddaughters; Nichole Zielinski, Audra Wilson, Kacy Phares,
Sister Margie Purcella and a host of Great-Grand Children, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends who love her.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association 404 1/2 North Kentucky, New Mexico Chapter, Roswell, NM 88201.


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  1. Williams Family
    Detroit, MI

    The loss of a cherished loved one is the most devastating experiences a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable. Please know that there are family and friends who care and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart. He is the God of all comfort. God will comfort you during this difficult time of grief. Our prayers are also with you and your family.

  2. Gail Buck
    Roswell, NM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember the fun we had at square dancing. She was a very special lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Don Baker
    Weatherford, TX

    My heart is heavy with sorrow. Thank you for being the other mom and putting up with us boys all those years. I will always charish that time. Prayers to the Wilson Family.

  4. Susan Golden
    Roswell, NM

    We love you Gram, Gramala, Cheer Gram. Susan and Sarah

  5. Tim and Cheryl Wafful
    Riswell, NM

    It's is with deep deep sadness we see this obituary.
    God broke the mole when he created Philia. What a very kind, caring, sharing and loving individual. She sparkled like diamonds with the radiant happiness in her smile. We know she is in the roping in the sky. Ride and rope on our dear Philia. You will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved you. Our deepest prayers and sympathy be with you Ken and the family.
    Sincerely, Tim and Cheryl

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