Roberta E. ‘Bodie’ (Purl) McKinzie

Roberta ‘Bodie’ McKinzie, 59, Independence, MO, passed away April 19, 2014 at her home surrounded by family.  A visitation will be held 6-7:30 PM on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Heartland, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO 64133. A funeral will be held 11 AM, Friday, April 25, 2014 also, at the funeral home. Bodie was born August 26, 1954 in Kansas City, Mo to Charles F. Sr. and Alberta R (Rick) Adams. Bodie was married to Chuck Purl for more than 20 years, she was employed by the Rival Manufacturing Corporation accounting office, and retired in 2009 as the City Clerk for LaHarpe, KS. Following her retirement she returned to the Kansas City Area and settled in Independence. She enjoyed crafting, collecting Angels of all shapes and sizes, and looking for unique finds at thrift stores, and garage sales. She enjoyed shopping of any kind. She loved Elvis and made the trip to Graceland just last August. She was a thrill seeker, enjoying scary movies and roller coaster. Most of all, she enjoyed her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Charles Jr., and a daughter Elberta. She leaves behind to mourn a son Michael (Mel) Purl, a step-son Charles C. (Christy) Purl, a daughter Kimberly (Chris) DelaCruz, a step-daughter Tammie (Eric) Schlueter, 3 brothers; James Fairall, William Fairall, and Richard Adams, 3 sisters; Mary Womack, Paula Battles, and Ethyl Adams, 10 grandchildren; Natasha, Kathleen, Sydnie, Alex, Grant, Morgan, Ky’Lee, Camron, Amara, and Edan, and 2 great-grandsons; Logan and Xander.


  1. Deborah Millican on April 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    While Bodie was a caring mother, sister and daughter she also was a good friend. She was very thoughtful and cared for others. Kim and Micheal, I am sorry for your loss and I know the hole that her death will leave in your hearts. I am sorry I did not get to see her one last time. Hugs to you all.

  2. Gwen Lee on April 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    My condolences to the family for the loss of your precious love one.May you find comfort in God’s word at James 4:8.

  3. Jeremie and Beckie Kelly on April 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Life on Earth will not be the same without sweet Bodie….you were Katlin, Makenna, and Ians other Grandma <3 I love you and will always miss you. I promise to hug your sweet daughter when she needs a hug, and love all of your sweet Grandchildren. I know you will always be with Mike and Kim, I see you in both of them <3 love you always, Jeremie and Beckie

  4. Billie Collins and family on April 22, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    My heart is breaking. I thought I would have plenty of time to get up there and visit. To Kim and Mike and their families, thank you so very much for sharing your mom and grandma with my family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers and we are ALWAYS only a phone call away. To my beautiful Bodie: You came into my life when my heart was breaking and you became my BOBO without even blinking. I hope that my mom was there to greet you at the gates and that you will walk hand in hand with Jesus as you make the transition from this world into paradise.

  5. jackie Davis Tucker on April 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I met Bodie 21years ago on Lynn street our sons mike & rashon became best friends, Bodie I will never forget the kind person you was I will miss your texts and kind words about me seeing my granddaughter again. You left way to soon, your journey is just beginning no more pain, are worry you are in our heavenly father arms Rest In Paradise My Friend. Love Mike & Kim Purl.

  6. Kim (Purl) DelaCruz on April 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you so much to the Staff at Heartland for your professionalism and kind hearts while providing an amazing celebration of life for my sweet momma. My mother was a force in this world and loved the ones close to her without conditions. She was amazing and my heart will forever have a void. I have great peace knowing she was reunited with her oldest daughter (my sister) and they are saving a place for me. Thank you to all who came to the service and to all who loved her…. Mom… See you on the other side.

  7. Morgan DelaCruz on June 11, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I miss my Bobo more than anything. I wish there was some way I could see you..or even get a text from you. I hope your enjoying Elvis while you have him, cause your sharing when I get up there. Rest in Paradise Grandma.

  8. Paula Woods Hamilton on November 5, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I was searching on Facebook for my old friend that I hadn’t heard from in years. I’m so sorry to find out that she had passed away and I offer the family my condolences, my name is Paula Hamilton and I worked with Bodie at Rivals manufacturing years ago. I think of her so often and I hate we lost touch. RIP Bodie. God has an Angel

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