Essie Orpurt, 80

 Essie Faye Orpurt, 80, Wabash, died at 11:04 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Miller's Merry Manor West, Wabash. 

She was born Oct. 11, 1932 in Morehead, Ky., to Melvin and Hazel (Binion) Dehart. Essie married Carl David Orpurt in Wabash, on Nov. 30, 1963; he died Nov. 12, 1985.  She worked at General Tire in Wabash and also Helping Hands for several years.  She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church.  She enjoyed gardening and flowers.  Essie was one of 12 children, and she became a maternal figure to many of her younger siblings and nieces.

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Melissa) Orpurt, Wabash, and Kevin R. (Kimberly Quigley) Orpurt, Knoxville, Tenn.;  nine grandchildren, Samantha Powell, Sara Hawley, Christopher Orpurt and Rachel Orpurt, all of Wabash, Sarah Orpurt, Rebecca Orpurt, Megan Quigley, J.P. Quigley, and Jack Quigley, all of Knoxville;  one great grandson, Cayden Amburgey, Wabash; three sisters, Monnie Collins, West Liberty, Ky., Mary (Bill) Music, Florida, and Gay (Tony) Yoheman, Hendersonville, N.C.;  two brothers, Paul Dehart and Ernie Dehart, both of Wabash.  She was preceded in death by three brothers, Edgar Dehart, Gary Dehart, and Thomas Dehart and three sisters, Marie James, Jewel Walker, and Fern Flanary.

Funeral services will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 188 W. Sinclair Street, Wabash on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Father Sextus Don officiating.  Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4-7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash, Indiana.  There will be a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2013 Apr 12