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Wendy Joy Radke Purcell

Jan 13, 1960 - Mar 7, 2018
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Wendy Joy Radke Purcell, 58, unfortunately passed away March 7, 2018 at Cottage in the Meadow. 
 
Wendy was born January 13, 1960 to Glen and Miriam Radke of Yakima. She has an older brother Glen H Radke Jr. of Yakima, who she was very close with. She also has a younger brother, Gordon Radke of Selah. Glen and Miriam bought property on 18th street in Yakima and this is where Wendy and her brothers grew up. They attended Union Gap School. Growing up, Wendy being the only girl, she was pretty spoiled. Wendy had all the best barbies, she was a bluebird, she was in 4h and received many awards; she was also a cheerleader while she attended Union Gap School. Wendy didn't have any sisters but had three cousins, Sheila Tobey, Judy Radke Weaver, and Kay Radke Sheldon, all of Yakima, that were especially close to her. These three had a close bond and were inseparable  at times just like sisters. 
 
Wendy was a wild and free spirit during her teenage years. She was a little firecracker and had many close friends. A few very special friends include Carol Webley, Cindy Calfrobe Hartigan, Tracey Prill Guthmiller and Rene Bunting all
of Yakima. There were many more but these are the ones my sister and I remember her always talking about.
 
Wendy attended Davis high school and graduated in 1978. Wendy married Richard Purcell, of Yakima, in 1984. They had two daughters, Sarha Purcell-Vazquez born in 1986 and April Purcell-Oshea born in 1991. Wendy and Rick loved to spend time fishing and camping mostly at the klickatat river. We have many great memories together there. She also LOVED the casino; gambling was her favorite hobby.
 
Sheila Tobeys' daughters Alona Hallman of Halsey, Oregon, Kelly Ann Tobey and Rissa Stewart, both of Yakima, were all extremely close to Wendy. These three ladies did and always will hold a special place in Wendy's heart. She loved them like her own.
 
Wendy had many jobs but most recently she worked in the kitchen at East Valley high school. She absolutely loved this job and was there for 9 years. She loved interacting with the kids and made many friends while at EVHS. But there was one lady, Jeanie Mcklheer and Wendy became best friends. They spend the last 9 years together; working together, shopping, gambling, and just having fun. Jeanie will always be Wendy's special friend. 
 
Wendy's youngest daughter April, recently got married February 5, 2018 and Wendy was overjoyed to be able to attend. She was so happy. She was so proud. April and Mike had dated for 3 years and in this time, Wendy and Mike had a mother and son bond. She loved Mike. 
 
Wendy had three grandsons, Eduardo, Emiliano, and Marcello Vazquez. She absolutely loved being a grandma and spoiled them rotten. She always had candy in her purse for them. When she would come see them the first thing they would do is go to straight for her purse. They knew grandma had candy in there for them. She loved them like no other and they absolutely adored their nana Wendy. 
 
She also had one very close friend throughout the years. They visited weekly for over 30 years. Lynda Schultz of Yakima, and Wendy had many things in common and were best friends. Memories will be cherished! Friendships will live on through her daughters.  
 
She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung and brain cancer in October 2017. She fought hard for 5 months. The whole entire time she remained happy and positive. When she lost her hair, she embraced it. She kept laughing and being her usual silly feisty self. She stayed strong but unfortunately was very sick. She was moved to Cottage in the Meadow where her daughters, her brother Glen Radke, nephew Jason Radke of Yakima, both of son-in-laws, and her bestest cousin Sheila Tobey stayed by her side until she peacefully passed, Wednesday March 7, 2018. She is now a beautiful purple butterfly playing slot machines in the sky. 
 
She is preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Miriam Radke, who also recently passed seven and eight months ago. 
 
Also, a special thanks to Cottage in the Meadow, to nurses Anthony and Jane, and the whole staff. You were kind. You were respectful. You were caring. You were compassionate. You were amazing! My sister and I thank you. 
Also, thank you to Brookside Funeral Home for helping with this whole process.
 
 
 

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