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Bernice Jeanne Gurd

1947 - 2008

Bernice Gurd

Longtime Rim Country resident, Bernice Jeanne Gurd, died Sept. 21, 2008 in Payson. She was born Jan. 19, 1947 in Chicago, Ill.
She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1965. She attended nurses training through the Ravenswood Hospital nurses program and received her nursing certificate in 1968.
Her family moved to Arizona in 1966 and she followed in 1970.
She worked at Phoenix Memorial Hospital. There she met and later married Arnold Gurd, Dec. 11, 1971. Mrs. Gurd continued her nursing career when they moved to Payson in 1978 at Pyle Memorial Hospital. She first worked in the main hospital, then later moved to the emergency room. She enjoyed working in the ER and at one point was the emergency department manager. She retired in 2002.
She is survived by her daughter. Cathy (John) Kesterson; grandson, Joe Kesterson; sister, Jeannette (Jim) Blaskowski; brothers, Robert (Sherline) Nelson and Doug Nelson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; son, Daniel; and parents, Robert and Mae Nelson.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway in Payson.