Vonda Purcell Boughan, 80, passed away on September 27, 2019, at her home in Higgins following a brief illness.
Memorial services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Higgins Independent School Auditorium. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Canadian.
Vonda was born to Elzie Mac ”Shorty” and Violet Felkel Purcell on January 15, 1939 in Hemphill County, Texas on the old Jones and Jones Ranch on Oasis Creek. She received her high school diploma from Crawford High School in Crawford, Oklahoma. Her first job was at a law office in Elk City, Oklahoma. Vonda worked in a factory making bras in Pampa, she owned two cafes and managed Perks Convenience store in Higgins for 26 years. In 1956 she married Fountain James “PeeWee” Boughan and together they raised one daughter, Kay Boughan.
Vonda and Pee Wee worked on cattle ranches during their marriage, the Castleberry Ranch in Dalhart as well as other ranches in Texas. During her ranch life she worked as a ranch hand, doctored animals and was cook and housekeeper. Vonda worked at the Wolf Creek Heritage Museum in Lipscomb and had an antique shop in Higgins. She enjoyed leather work, genealogy, square dancing and was a member of Eastern Star. Some of her favorite hobbies were fishing and going to garage sales. Vonda was an avid reader and collector of cookbooks, she also loved to sew. She was known for her bright red hair, love of turquoise jewelry and her love for long fingernails.
Vonda is preceded in death by her husband Pee Wee; her parents Shorty and Violet Purcell; brothers, Gene and Bill Purcell; nephews, Mac and Donnie Purcell; and a great niece Emily Purcell.
Survivors include her daughter, Kay Boughan; grandchildren, Jonathan Hammons, Shawn Hammons and wife Lisa, Jeannie Hammons and Jason Ginter, and Matthew Hammons all of Higgins; Great grandkids, Jonathon, Navi, Cameron, Kiara, Aspen, Aries, Gabriel, Jaxson and Cash; great-great grandkids, Everleigh and Conrad; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and SCORES of beloved friends.