Evalyn Gurney


October 19, 1931 - April 18, 2021


Evalyn H. Gurney, 89, of Mitchell, SD formerly of Arizona, died Sunday, April 18, 2021, unexpectedly at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. A memorial service will be held privately with immediate family. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Evalyn was born October 19, 1931 in Jersey City, NJ to Arthur B and Eva M Hartung.  She graduated from Montclair State College in 1951 and received her Master of Arts from the University of Albany in 1973.

Evalyn was a devoted wife to Charles (Bill) W Gurney for 63 years.

Evalyn retired in 1991, having been an English teacher with Shenendehowa Central Schools since 1970. She enjoyed traveling the country as Wagon Master of the Holiday Ramblers, loved bowling, puzzles, crosswords, and of course, reading.

She is survived by her children, Judy (Mark) Hooper, Pam (Tim) Mullican, Susan (Troy) Martin, William (Tracie) Gurney, 9 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill, and brother, Arthur E Hartung.

Contributions can be made to the Pine Strawberry Fire Dept/EMS.

Pine-Strawberry Fire Dept.

P.O. Box 441

Pine, AZ 85544


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Posted by Ed Hughes on May 1, 2021
Evalyn Gurney provided stability, insights, professional commitment in dealing with every issue which arose in the Shenendehowa Jr. High School English Department. Students loved her; the staff loved her. As chairperson, I found her my "rock" during challenging times. I could talk to Evalyn about anything, and she would listen, analyze, and say the right thing each time. Through the years, she and I have exchanged Christmas cards to keep in contact. I looked forward to hearing about her life, faraway. May her life and memory be a blessing to her family and to all. My sympathies to her family for the loss of their parents.
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