June 8, 1924 - March 15, 2008
BENKELMAN -- Everna May "Tude" Gurnsey, 83, died Friday (March 15, 2008) at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
She was born in Yuma County, Colo., on June 8, 1924, to Charles Frank and Bertha (Spellman) Chartier. She attended country school near her home for many years. During World War II, she moved to California, where she worked in the factories and helped support the war effort. She later returned to the area.
In June of 1945, she married Clarence "Max" Guernsey. Together they farmed and ranched in Dundy County for the rest of their lives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Bertha Chartier; her husband, Max; brother, George; and sisters, Madge and Jean.
Survivors include her children, Dick Guernsey and wife, Connie of Parks and Cheryl Bentley and husband, Dick of Benkelman; sisters, Phyllis Lowe of Crete and Shirley Trembley of Globe, Ariz.; brothers, Dallas Chartier and wife, Sharon of Benkelman, Bob Chartier and wife, Masie and Keith Chartier and wife, Margie, all of Laird, Colo., Bill Chartier and wife, JoAnn of Longmont, Colo., and Don Chartier of North Platte; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A graveside service with inurnment will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m., (MDT) at the Benkelman Cemetery with Rev. Brian Fong officiating.
There will be no visitation or viewing.
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials may be given to the Dundy Count Home-Owned Carnival.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.