Emmaline 'Emmy' Purviance Henn

Dec 7, 1926 - Feb 13, 2014


Emmaline "Emmy" Purviance Henn, 87, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at 7:58 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Henn was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was also a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she participated in the choir and served as deaconess, elder and served the youth. She was a founding member of the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County, where she served on the board of directors. She was a member of Tri Kappa Chi Chapter in Huntington.

Mrs. Henn also served on the YMCA board of directors. She spearheaded and was chairman of the restoration committee for the LaFontaine Center, and president of its board of directors from 1981 to 1995. She served on the board of directors for the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and on the Huntington Historic Review Board. She served on the Dan Quayle Museum Advisory Committee and the Huntington University Foundation board of directors. She was awarded The Book of Golden Deeds by the Huntington Exchange Club. She received the Sagamore of the Wabash from the governor of Indiana and in 1987 was named Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe. She was granted an honorary doctorate of public service from Huntington College.

Mrs. Henn grew up in Chappaqua, NY, and moved to Huntington in 1943. She graduated from Huntington High School in 1944 and attended DePauw University.

She was born Dec. 7, 1926, in New York, NY, to John and Lois Grimes O'Harrow. She married Donald A. Purviance Jr. on Nov. 16, 1946, in Huntington, and he preceded her in death on March 17, 1999. She married Robert L. Henn on Dec. 27, 2004, and he survives.

Additional survivors are a son, D. Andrew "Andy" Purviance, of San Diego, CA; two daughters, Mary P. York of Pittsboro, NC, and Margaret "Margie" P. Hedrick, of Huntington; a stepson, David A. Henn, of Huntington; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Calling is Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington, and for one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at 11 a.m., also at the mortuary. Rev. Robert Land will officiate. Burial will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Huntington County.

Preferred memorials are to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County or Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750.

The online guestbook may be signed at www.baileylove.com.

The service will be streamed live at www.livestream.com.