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Estella Levona "Stella" Purdue Burns
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1888
Washington County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 1956
Montezuma County
Colorado, USA

Estella was a daughter of Joseph Littleton PURDUE (1860-1957) and Flora May NEFF Purdue (1865-1948). Her first marriage was to Claude LIVINGSTON (1882) which ended in divorce. They had one child together, Nelson Purdue LIVINGSTON (1909-1970). On January 6th, 1920 she was married to Thomas BURNS in Fort Collins, CO. More on Estella below:

This is part of a transcript of a recording by Edward Griffee on December 22, 2001. See the entire transcript under Edward Griffee or Joseph Littleton Purdue.


We called her Stella but her real name was Estella. She was a red head. I think she was the only red head in the family. She had such beautiful auburn hair. She was a nice person, she was very ambitious. She had been in the
restaurant business and she met a person by the name of Claude LIVINGSTON. He was a tailor. She fell in love with him. He had a great personality. She thought he would go a long way in life so she married him. They had one child, they named him Nelson. It wasn't long before my Aunt Stella discovered that she had married an alcoholic. She stayed with him as long as she could, but eventually she divorced him. Then she met a fellow by the name of Tom Burns that was in the restaurant business with my Uncle Lewis there in Enid, OK. This was before the great depression. She married Tom Burns and shortly after my mother gave birth to my younger sister Janis and she asked the Janis be given to my Aunt Stella. She was thrilled to have a new baby and she named her Janis. So my Aunt Stella got Janis in 1923 and so Janis was brought up in the restaurant business. They loved her so much and she was a joy to them. I remember that Janis was always around the restaurant. If they would ever misplace something or lose something they would always ask Janis and she would know. She became pretty famous around there for knowing where things were. She was a sweet little girl. It was a shame that she and I did not get raised together. But that is the way things go, but she was raised with someone that loved her and I was raised with people that loved me and that was the greatest most important thing. After the big depression about 1939 my Uncle Lewis and Uncle Tom closed the restaurant forever. Both went different directions. My Uncle Tom moved to California and opened restaurant here and there and they traveled around just sort of vagabonds. They would stay in one place for a year or two and then open up another restaurant and stay there. That is the way they lived.
Family links: 
  Joseph Littleton Purdue (1860 - 1957)
  Flora May Neff Purdue (1865 - 1948)
  Thomas Alfred Burns (1892 - 1970)*
  Lucian C. Purdue (1885 - 1934)*
  Estella Levona Purdue Burns (1888 - 1956)
  Harry Vern Purdue (1890 - 1927)*
  Lewis Julian Purdue (1892 - 1974)*
  Joseph E. Purdue (1897 - 1907)*
  Ethel Mae Purdue Griffee (1902 - 1922)*
  Richard Elbert Purdue (1904 - 1981)*
*Calculated relationship
Cortez Cemetery
Montezuma County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Block 5 Lot 15 SW Sp 3
GPS (lat/lon): 37.35435, -108.54573
Created by: Candice xo
Record added: Apr 04, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10718962
Estella Levona Stella <i>Purdue</i> Burns
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Estella Levona Stella <i>Purdue</i> Burns
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Estella Levona Stella <i>Purdue</i> Burns
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