Alice Faye GurneyPublished 2:03pm Wednesday, December 4, 2013
December 1, 2013
Funeral for Alice Faye Gurney 68, of Hartselle will be Wed., Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at Hartselle Church of Christ with Brother Phillip Hines officiating and Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home directing.
Burial will be in Hartselle Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Mrs. Gurney died Sun., Dec. 1, 2013, at her residence. She was born Aug. 24, 1945, in Morgan County to Allen and Eva Lee Shaw Baggett. She was a member of Hartselle Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by a son Tod Gurney; her mother, Eva Lee Shaw Baggett ; her father, David Allen Baggett; and brother, David Lee Baggett.
A Christian woman, she was a longtime member of the Hartselle Church of Christ. She and her husband were happily married for more than 45 years. They built their home and raised their children tucked back in the Whispering Pines, family land that she played upon when she was a little girl. On that land, the two founded and operated Gurney Surveying company. She was artistic in many ways. She was a published poet and a lover of words. Mrs. Gurney loved to scrapbook and document her favorite times, which always involved spending time with her immediate and extended family. She had the perfect baby lap and celebrated new additions to the family by crocheting treasured baby blankets. She was also an avid gardener. Together, she and her husband created Alice’s Wonderland in their backyard.
Five years ago, she accomplished her lifelong goal of visiting all 50 states. Traveling brought her much joy, whether across country, on multiple cruises, or internationally to places like Austria, Canada, or the Caribbean. Her children cherish memories of playing car games and listening to “traveling music.”
She was the epitome of the Christmas spirit, hosting her family’s yearly reunion at her home. She spread laughter, positivity, generosity and love throughout the year to everyone.
Mrs. Gurney is survived by her husband, Frank Gurney of Hartselle; a son; Mel Gurney of Athens; three daughters, Katina Gurney Ednacot and husband Gil of Nashville, Tenn., Chantel Gurney Minish and husband Marc of Huntsville and Cyndi Lee Gallejo of Waco, Texas; two brothers; Charles Baggett and Gerald Laird; two sisters; Ann Baggett Bobo Fellers and Karen Laird Handley; eight grandchildren, Kristin Gurney, Amelia Gurney McCulloch, Shianne Gurney, Tod Ednacot, Sophia Ednacot, Zave Minish, Norah Shaw Minish, Madyson Alcala; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be nephews; Christian Baggett, William Alan Baggett, Scott Bobo, Alan Parker, Keith Rigoni, and Patrick Wright.
Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Hicks, and Johnny Hope.