Suzanne Pursifull has been in Mexico for 21 years. She grew up in Martinsburg, and graduated from Community R6 high school. And she’s worked as parts manager at Ennis Implement for – well, quite a spell. It’s easy to understand why Pursifull would like to support the people of Audrain County. So she also dedicates herself to charity, serving as president of the Mexico chapter of Altrusa International, a community services organization.
1. Why get involved in a charity?
Basically to promote goodwill and help out those in need. And there’s great camaraderie. I didn’t grow up in Mexico so I wanted to meet new people.
2. How do you find the time?
Sometimes it’s challenging. You can spend a lot of extra hours preparing for meetings. And my husband and I have no kids, just cats. That leaves me with some extra time.
3. The implement business must be different.
We have highs and lows in the season. It’s run and gun during planting and harvest. Other times of the year you get caught up. There’s always something to do.
4. It seems like there would be a lot to learn.
I grew up on a farm, so at least I was aware of what happens on a farm. I started with office work and slowly moved into parts.
5. Red or green?
We try to get the red out there.
6. Do people actually take red or green seriously?
Some do, yes. I sell a lot of toys. There are people who look for shirts, or for things to hang on the wall in their man cave.
7. So you’re a variety store.
In the ag business, yes.
8. Why cats?
I don’t know. We always had cats. And my husband and I like to travel. A cat can be left on its own for a few days.
9. Where do you travel?
I really like the Caribbean and we’ve been on a few cruises. We tend to go where the weather is warm.
10. What gets you away from work or Altrusa?
I like to go to the gambling boat [laughs].