Gertrude Viola McCurdy

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

She always leaned to watch for us, anxious if we were late

In Winter, by the window. In Summer, by the gate.

An though we mocked her tenderly, "Who has such foolish care?"

The long way home was seen more safe because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full for us, she never could forget

And so I think that where she is, she must be watching, yet.

Waiting 'til we come home to her, anxious if we are late

Watching from Heaven's window. Leaning from Heaven's gate.

        Peacefully, on Monday, August 9, 1999 at 12:35 pm, Gertrude Viola McCurdy passed at her home at 4616 Anderson Hwy. in Powhatan, VA. She was born to Matt and Viola Bell Turner, on November 1, 1909 in Richmond, VA and was reared by Tyler and Ellen Bell of Powhatan when her parents passed during her childhood. She was married to Robert C. McCurdy who preceded her in death. During her life she worked diligently at the Saint Francis DeSales Catholic School until her retirement. She delighted in cooking and fishing, spending time with her family and friends and playing Pinochle and Bid Whist, and took a very special pleasure in keeping up her flowers and garden. Although her spirit engaged everyone she met, most will remember how avid she was about keeping up her nails and always wearing her impressive collection of errings everywhere.

        Gertrude accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Powhatan and remained a faithful member.

        Gertrude leaves her wonderful legacy of love and compassion, gentleness and determination, and miraculous strenght to her loving and devoted children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and a host of other family and friends with whom she enjoyed a wonderful relationship.

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