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April 18, 2002



Flora Mae Ferguson McCardle, 86, of Lexington, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002.

Born in Yeagertown, she was a daughter of the late George M. and Annie Wyland Ferguson. She and her husband, Merle W. McCardle, had retired to Lexington three years ago to live with their son and daughter-in-law, Denny and Pam McCardle, formerly of Versailles. She was a member of the Freedom Avenue United Methodist Church in Burnham, Pa., and was a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. She also attended the Assembly of God Church in Lewistown, Pa.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by a grandson, Denny B. McCardle, Lexington; two great grandchildren, David and Rebecca McCardle, Lexington; three sisters in Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church, Lexington, by Dr. Al Gwinn. Additional visitation and services were conducted Saturday, April 13, at the Freedom Avenue United Methodist Church in Lewistown, Pa. Interment was in Pennsylvania.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Children’s Ministry, 200 High Street, Lexington, KY 40507. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Mary Frances Marshall Purdom, 78, of Lexington, wife of Elmer R. Purdom, died Monday, April 15, 2002.

Born April 30, 1923, in Richmond, she was the daughter of the late Charles Goff and Eddie Shearer Tracy. She was a former bookkeeper for Montgomery Ward and a 55-year member of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Harold Marshall, Versailles, and B.L. Marshall, Lexington; a daughter, Linda Tilghman, Versailles; six grandchildren, Jeff Marshall, Kenneth Harold Marshall, Jennifer Marshall, Joe Marshall, Tracy Tilghman, and Kristin Tilghman; the Purdoms, Buddy, Bill, Boyd, Dan, Mark, Sally, and Angela Purdom, and Rebecca Marthage.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today, Thursday, April 18, 2002, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home by the Rev. Russell Howard. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers will be Jeff, Ken, Jennifer, and Joe Marshall, and Tracy and Kristin Tilghman. Honorary bearers will be Mike McCoy, Billy and Joe Tracy, Sylvia Powell, Shirley McCullough, and Scott Connell.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or to the building fund at the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, 163 North Ashland Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502.



Lillian Noel Suter, 99, of Frankfort, widow of A.F. “Guster” Suter, died Monday, April 8, 2002, at the New Horizon Medical Center, Owenton.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Carrie Noel. She was retired from the Kentucky Training School, and was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Nall, Frankfort; three grandsons; 14 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Three sons, Harold N., Edward L., and Jack F. Suter; two brothers, Porter and John Noel; a sister, Gypsy Long; and a granddaughter are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by the Rev. William Hartung. Burial was in the Owenton I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Active and honorary casket bearers were her great grandchildren.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.



Mary van der Voort Wilmer, 78, of Charlotte, N.C., died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, of an apparent heart attack.

She was the granddaughter of Aitcheson A. Bowmar who, with his brother Daniel M. Bowmar Jr., published The Woodford Sun from 1885 to 1942, and the great granddaughter of Daniel M. Bowmar Sr., publisher of The Sun from 1875-76, and 1882-85. She was formerly employed at the Chemical Dependency Center, and was well-known and respected throughout alcohol treatment and recovery circles. She was active at the St. Peter Catholic Church, volunteering to help those in need and supporting the church.

Survivors include a son, Henry Bond Wilmer Jr., Andover, Mass.; three daughters, Emily Wilmer, St. Paul, Minn., Helen Wilmer Nance, Albemarle, N.C., and Molly Wilmer Barker, Charlotte; two brothers, Thomas L. van der Voort and A.B. van der Voort, both of Alexandria, Va.; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was conducted Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the St. Peter Catholic Church by the Rev. Mickey Martinez.

Memorials are suggested to The Oratory, P.O. Box 11586, Rock Hill, SC 29731; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, 107 Holy Trinity Road, Holy Trinity, AL 36859; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charlotte, 1123 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28203; Alcoholics Anonymous, 1427 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203; or Girls on the Run International, 1816 Lyndhurst Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203.


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