Genevieve E. Purdy, 89, volunteer, daffodil grower

Genevieve E. Purdy, a homemaker, volunteer and daffodil fancier, died of heart failure Wednesday at her Pikesville home where she had lived since the 1940s. She was 89.

Genevieve Elaine Magee was born in Baltimore and raised in Canton. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1933.


She worked as an office manager for several Baltimore social agencies for several years before her marriage.

In 1937, she married Joseph Harman Purdy, who later was management vice president at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. He died in 1981.


Mrs. Purdy was a longtime volunteer with the Central Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross, serving as chairwoman of its disaster relief committee, and with United Way of Central Maryland.

She was a communicant and the first woman to serve on the vestry of St. Mark's-on-the Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville.

Mrs. Purdy was a fan of British murder mysteries and enjoyed crossword puzzles.

She was also an award-winning grower of daffodils and a founder and past president of the Stevenson Garden Club.

"She planted hundreds of types of daffodils, which won many show ribbons," said son Jack H. Purdy of Hampden.

Services were yesterday at Eline Funeral Home in Reisterstown.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Purdy is survived by another son, Dwight H. Purdy of Morris, Minn.; a daughter, Pamela M. Purdy of Pikesville; and three grandchildren.