SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 3, 2013

Grace Gurney, 61


Wenham — Grace Gurney 61, passed away Easter morning of Alzheimer’s Disease at her home in Wenham.

She was a high functioning Down Syndrome woman who worked at the former Hunt Hospital in Danvers for 15 years prior to them closing in 1990. She then worked at Morgan Memorial sheltered workshop in Salem until she retired in 2005.

Grace loved television, books, knitting and food. She had currently been living in a wonderful NRS group home at 86 Larch Lane in Wenham, filled with a loving, dedicated staff of super people who took amazingly good care her, especially her friend/sister, Kim Maguire.

She battled Alzheimer’s disease for many years but always had a smile and a kiss for all friendly faces. She loved to go on outings with her family and her special friend, Jay Powers. In her youth, she was a gold medal Special Olympic swimmer and an orange belt karate student in Beverly.

Her late mother, Polly Gurney was a great champion of special needs people and encouraged Grace to attain many goals unusual for her peers.

She is survived by an older brother, Larry Anderson and his wife, Marty of Perry, Ga., an older sister, Sharon Martin of Peabody, a younger sister, Deborah Gurney of Beverly, a nephew, Frederick Martin of Hatfield, a niece, Anne Martin-Cortez and her husband, Brian of Tewksbury and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial service will be held at 86 Larch Lane, Wenham, Friday, April 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. Arrangements by the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 36 Cameron Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02140. For more information, directions and condolences, visit www.campbellfuneral.com.