Obituary: Cynthia Purchase, 73, of Scottville. 

October 26, 2020

Obituary: Cynthia Purchase, 73, of Scottville. 

Cynthia Ann Purchase (Jensen), 73, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, October 25, 2020 while under the care of her oldest grandson, Travis Woodring and Stephanie Flood. Although she had began to decline from the symptoms of dementia, it is because of Travis’s selfless commitment to her daily care that we all were given these extra years.  Our entire family is grateful for his loving sacrifice as we know that she was right where she was most happy in her final days.

Born November 30, 1946, Cindy grew up in Scottville most of her life with a few adventures in California and Florida.  She graduated from Mason County Central in 1964 and went on to study secretarial skills while living in Chicago.  

Cindy is survived by two daughters, Brenda (Mark) Cole and Teresa (David) Navadel of San Diego; five grandchildren, Travis and Jorden Woodring and Meagen Hutchison(Brenda), and Savana and David Navadel(Teresa); five great-grandchildren, Talon and Tatum Woodring (Travis), Riley Hutchison, (Meagen) and Jakob and LilyAnn Woodring (Jorden); four brothers, Richard (MaryAnn), Donald (Donna); Vic (Kim) and David as well as two younger sisters, Pamela (James) DeRooy and Cheryl (Don) Fletcher; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan and Jeanne Jensen of Scottville; as well as two siblings, Sandra Gonzalez and Ronald Jensen.  

Cindy enjoyed a life of adventure and was happiest when she was out with her friends and family.  Her third husband, local country artist, Roger A. Purchase, gave her just that during the many years they were married.  The two of them would travel across country stopping in  San Diego or Las Vegas but ultimately settled in Zephyr Hills, Fla. each winter.  Each stop provided plenty of stories to share and friends were made along the way.  When they were in Luther, you could count on finding them at the downtown pub, enjoying the locals and Roger singing to his biggest fan.  

Cindy worked in many different types of job, from secretarial to the counter at the Scottville Livestock Sale and later enjoyed working as a waitress alongside her oldest daughter Brenda.  Together they worked at the Scottville Café, The Corner Café in Ludington and finally at Brenda’s own restaurant, Brenda’s Harbor Café in downtown Ludington.  It is here that her high-energy, fun-loving, witty, “tell it like it is” personality was on full display.  She will forever be remembered for how she would dress up in fun outfits and would often wear a sailor’s cap when she would fill in as the hostess.  Making people laugh and not take life so seriously was what made Cindy special.  In addition to her personality, she had a huge heart and was a champion for underprivileged or abused children.  She founded the “Pennies for Children” collection jars at Brenda’s Harbor Café and it continues in her memory.  

A ceremony to celebrate Cindy’s life will be held for her family in the next month at Wyman Funeral & Cremation Service in Scottville followed by a “toast” to her life at a location to be announced.  Please send regards to Brenda’s Harbor Café or donate in Cindy’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or to “Pennies for Children”.  

Please visit her memory page at to leave a memory or tribute of Cindy for her family, or to light a candle in her memory.

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