Therese Lynn Gurr (nee Bernard) of Sparwood, BC, passed away, at the age of 51, in the Elk Valley Regional Hospital in Fernie on February 18, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.
Therese was born on April 2, 1960, in Sioux City, Iowa to Wilfred and Marguerite Bernard. She was the 11th of 12 children in the family. She was always proud of her Iowa farm-girl heritage. In 1982-83, Therese served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Canada Calgary Mission. After her mission, she married Michael Gurr in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on August 26, 1983. Therese and Michael raised their children (Alysha, Loren, Stevie and Jace) in Sparwood, BC. She was a “get-off-the-couch” sort of mother and was always actively involved in her children’s lives. Therese was an active participant in both her church and community. She positively influenced the lives of many children who she had in her care through babysitting and foster care. Therese was a kind and loving soul who will be remembered for her infectious smile and generous nature.
Therese is survived by her husband Michael and her children Alysha, Loren (Olena), Stevie and Jace. She is also survived by her mother Marguerite Bernard; her siblings Mary McNally, Anne (Jim) LoJacono, Jane (Don) Dixon, Susan Bahlmann, Jack (Ann) Bernard, Anita (Tom) Simmons, Jim (Kathy) Bernard, and Joanie McMahon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Therese was pre-deceased by her father Wilfred Bernard; her father-in-law Mack Gurr; her siblings Bob Bernard, Kay Petersen, Nancy Dose and her brother-in-laws Dick McNally and Ken Gurr.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Sparwood Health Center, the Elk Valley Regional Hospital, and Sparwood Homecare, as well as numerous friends, for the loving care that Therese received prior to her passing.
Funeral services were held for Therese on February 22, 2012 at the Sparwood LDS Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the LDS Humanitarian Fund.
Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.