Elizabeth JoAnn White

June 5, 1929 - February 12, 2022

Elizabeth JoAnn White, 92 of West Union, Ohio passed away Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Adams County Regional Medical Center in Seaman. She was born June 5, 1929 in Columbus, the daughter of the late Martin Lester Purdin, M.D. and Edith Lucille (Westervelt) Purdin, R.N. She is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Chester C. White, who died March 10, 1994; one son, Russell E. White, who died January 20, 2001; one daughter-in-law, Sara A. White; beloved step-mother, Ruth P. Cooper, who passed away June 24, 2007 and two sisters: Barbara Rothwell and Mary Esther Purdin.

JoAnn is survived by one son, Ronald L. White, M.D. of Conyers, Georgia; one daughter, Joyce A. White of Manchester; two grandsons: Joshua L. White of West Union and Jacob J. White (Amy Young) of New Plymouth, Ohio; two granddaughters: Sara L Furnish (Matthew) and Elisa M. Hall; four great granddaughters: Sara M. White, Alexis Sullender, Oliva Furnish and Willa White; five great grandsons: Mason J. White, Maxwell F. White, Tristan Furnish, Brody Hall and Brennan Hall; two sisters, Dorothy N. Young (Jay) of Hillsboro and E. Louise Moore (William) of Peebles; many nieces, nephews and friends.

JoAnn attended both elementary and high school in West Union, graduating as class valedictorian in 1947.  In addition to maintaining a home and raising her family she was employed outside of the home during those years by Nationwide Insurance, Adams Rural Electric, City Loan and Savings, Adams County Hospital and the United States Department of Agriculture Farmers Home Administration where she retired in 1994 after twenty years of service.  After retirement she studied watercolor and other media under James Werline at Southern State Community College.  A gifted artist, she painted mostly in watercolor winning numerous awards during her painting career.  She was a member of the Bush and Art Guild, Chapter 72 Public Employee Retirees, Incorporated, National Association for Retired Federal Employees and Sycamore Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to

Adams County Art Council C/O Mary Jane Campbell

307 N. Market Street, West Union, Ohio 45693

The private graveside funeral will be at The West Union I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Pastor Lee Dettwiller will officiate.

Lafferty Funeral Home Incorporated is serving the family.


Phil and Vicki Rhonemus - Feb 24, 2022
Dear Ronnie, Joyce, and All Extended White Families, Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayer at this time. Will miss conversations with JoAnn and all of her artwork. Sincerely,
John T. And Elaine Lafferty - Feb 16, 2022
We send sincere sympathy to all of JoAnn's family. She will be missed by so many people whose lives she touched through her 92 years. Her lovely art work will be enjoyed for years and will keep her memory alive. Elaine and John T.
Marjorie Sweringen - Feb 16, 2022
Dear Family, JoAnn was a faithful member and worker of the church. I enjoyed her earlier teachings on Wednesday evening Bible Studies. She put much effort and study into her presentations, evidenced by the notes she had prepared. More recently she taught the Singles and Doubles Sunday School class on the first Sunday of each month, as teaching responsibilities were shared. She is in a much better place, and is with her Lord and Savior. I extend to you my sincere sympathy in the recent loss of your loved one. Marjorie Swearingen
Evelyn Satterfield Kathy an Mike McClanahan - Feb 16, 2022
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts an prayers are with you all
Shirley pell - Feb 15, 2022
Sorry for your loss. Jo Ann was a dear friend and mentor for several years. I will miss her so much.