Whilst her death was tragic, in life Gillian was fortunate. Her infancy was spent close to the Kelvingrove Park and later she enjoyed the beaches and sunshine of Capetown for much of her childhood.
The Purvis family returned to Scotland in 1984 and Gillian completed her schooling in Dunblane where her mother and father remained until recently. Jim and Libby moved to Glasgow at the end of 2004 to be nearer to Gillian's sister Hazel, her husband Bevan and their little girl, Phoebe, who was, rather magically, born on what would have been Gillian's 34th birthday.
Gillian's connection with the Arts was cemented in her years at Glasgow University from where she graduated with an M.A. in English in 1994. Her skills were put to good use in her work, from 1995 until she died, at the Press and Publicity department of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow where she continues to be held in remarkably high regard for one so thoughtful and unassuming. Those who knew and loved Gillian remember a subtly sophisticated and sharp-witted young woman with a keen interest in art, textiles, fashion, films, literature, music, taekwon-do (she was a Black Belt) and cats ... especially cats.
Gillian spent the last years of her life with the Glasgow artist Toby Paterson. She shared in the excitement of Toby's early success and recognition in his field.
It was not only Toby who was inspired by Gillian; she provided great inspiration to all who knew her. This was her gift and that gift is now embodied in The Gillian Purvis Trust.