Carmen Laureen Purcell was born November 25, 1961 in Big Timber, Montana, the daughter of Juanita Beth Fallang and Clayton Arthur Purcell.
Carmen was preceded in death by her soulmate/ husband Lonnie L. Gutknecht, and her longtime partner Bob McConkey, father Clayton Purcell, Grandparents Alberta and Charlie Fallang, and Gladys and Earl Purcell, Stepfather Harry McCrorey, as well as several aunts and uncles. Carmen also lost some very dear friends whose passing she mourned greatly. Carmen is survived by her mother Juanita Fallang, sister Cindy (David) Renskers, Brother Mark Purcell, Sister Chrissy Purcell, a brother born in Colorado, Step brothers Mickey McCrorey and Murphy McCrorey. Nieces Samantha Renskers, Shannon Renskers, Katherine Purcell, Brianna Mathias, Marissa Mathias, Lilly Eschenko. Nephews Tom (Charlie) Purcell, David (Becca) Purcell, Drake Eschenko, Markie Purcell, Nicholas Purcell, & Clayton Purcell. Many Aunts and Uncles, Many, Many Cousins, and 2 Grandnephews Oliver & Emmett Purcell. Her fur children Bunny, Pard, Fig and Gladys. Carmen is also survived by many friends, co-workers, and her other family, the residents of Livingston Health and Rehabilitation Center, all of whom she had great affection for.
The rest of the story: Carmen grew up and attended school in Montana, and Arizona for the most part. She worked at the Auction Yard in Willcox, AZ, tended bar, waited tables and cooked in several establishments, before settling on being a dedicated and caring CNA, for many years.
In 1985 she was married to Ray Dinndorf, the marriage was not a success and lasted only a short time. Carmen married Lonnie Lynn Gutknecht, on February 14, 1991, they were truly on the same wavelength, and she was nearly inconsolable when Lonnie passed in 1995. Bob McConkey (The Commander), his twinkling blue eyes, and his poodle Pard came into her life and they resided together for several years before Bob passed away in 2009.
Family was very important to Carmen and she shared Sam and Shannon with their mom and dad, David, who she loved as a brother. Due to circumstances beyond her control she did not spend as much time as she would have liked with the rest of her nieces and nephews, but loved them all. Her brothers, sisters, parents, and grandparents, were much loved by Carmen and always held closely in her heart. Carmen’s friends were also very dear to her and she loved many of them greatly.
Due to the China Virus, many family and friends did not get to see her, or may feel like they missed services. There will be services and a celebration of her life held at a later date for all of her family and friends to attend.
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Big Timber, MT 59011