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Notes for Beulah PURVIS

She was the only child of her mother.

She was a nurse and at the time of her death the newspaper said she was a nurse at the Missouri Baptist Hospital. She attended Valparaiso for 2 terms followed by one semester at the Michigan Agricultural College before deciding on the nursing profession. She then entered the Chicago Memorial hospital for training and transferred to the Missouri Baptist hospital where she graduated in 1927.

She committed suicide, leaving a note on the table beside her cot:

"I have tried to play the game and I find I can't continue without work, which i don't seem to be able to find.
I have worked only 7 days in over two months-just a tough break-and I think the best solution of the situation is to give my body to a medical school; then there will be no burial expenses for I have no money. I have taken eight kinds of poison."

Continuing from her obituary:

"Immediately upon finding the body, her mother Mrs Amanda Bolin (not Purvis?) of this city was notified and Francis Purvis and L W McMullin (funeral director) went to St Louis to make arrangements to have the body sent home. The body arrived Friday."

The Sullivan, IL, newspaper article said she "shot herself fatally Thursday while alone in her room in the Roosevelt Hotel, St Louis, according to a telegram received here.
She had been a nurse in St Louis for several years but, according to a recent lettr to her mother, had not been able to obtain work for some time. She also had written that she was ill and her mother believes these two facts were responsible for her suicide. She had been living in the hotel."

The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at the McMullin Funeral home with rev C E Barnett officiating. She was interred in a crypt in the Moultrie County Mausoleum.

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