Ardith passed away on Aug. 28, 2017 at the age of 89 in the Perry Lutheran Home. She recently had a traumatic brain injury due to a fall at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sept. 9, 2017 at 2 p.m at the Perry First United United Methodist church where she was a long-time member.


She was born in Carroll, Iowa on May 22, 1928 to Lawrence Benjamin and Reva Elizabeth (Hilgenberg) Purcell, and spent many years in Dawson, Iowa where she graduated with a class of six in 1945. She married Marco Blazanin who was from the Moran/Woodward area. They lived in Perry over sixty years, and raised two sons, Michael (deceased) and Steven of Bloomington, Minn. Mike was married to Jan Burkhead at the time of his death. Steve is married to Mary (Foslid) and they have four children Michael, Scott, Gina, and Amy. Ardith adored her grandchildren and loved them dearly, as well as her nephews and nieces and their children. She was preceded in death by Marco and Michael, and by siblings Harold, Helen, and Larry.


She is also survived by one sister Sharon Elliott of Jamaica, two sister-in-laws Sharon Purcell of Phoenix, Ariz. and Helen Aarons of Madrid, Iowa as well as the children/grandchildren/great grandchildren of these three dear women.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences for the family may be left or mailed to Murdock Funeral Home.