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Obituaries

Obituaries

Jamie M. Barkes Pursley 1975 - 2011 Lawrence

A Celebration of Life service for Jamie M. Barkes Pursley, 35, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeff Armstrong of Bowling Green, Ky., officiating.
Mrs. Pursley died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at her home, after a long battle with breast cancer.
She was born Dec. 11, 1975, in Topeka, the daughter of David M. and Kathy J. Knutson Barkes. She graduated from Shawnee Heights High School.
Mrs. Pursley later graduated from Kansas State University, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was a project manager for Flinthills Construction, a company owned by her family. Mrs. Pursley previously had worked at Ramada Inn in Topeka, Express Personnel in Topeka and Modis Staffing Agency in Overland Park. She attended Free Methodist Church, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, shopping, tennis, photography, travel, camping and boating. She maintained a website and conducted public speaking to raise awareness of breast cancer.
She married Aaron W. Pursley on Oct. 4, 2003, in Topeka. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Kayden Grace Pursley, of the home; a brother, Scott M. Barkes and fiancée Heather Frisbie, Kansas City, Mo.; and her parents, Tecumseh.
The family will receive friends following the service at the Holiday Inn Holidome, 605 Fairlawn Road, Topeka.
The family suggests memorials to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, or to Ribbons in Pink Scholarship Fund for junior tennis players, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.