Judith "Judy" A. Gurganus
May 20, 1954 ~ October 9, 2018 A.D.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"Judy" A. Gurganus, 64, passed away after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis and scleroderma on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. She was born May 20, 1954 in Denton, TX, the youngest child of the late Harold and Dora Nivens. A breast cancer survivor (2012), she was a member of Kingston Presbyterian Church of Conway where she exhibited her kind spirit and strong faith in the Lord who continued to provide her strength to fight every battle she faced. For most of the past fourteen years, the students, fellow staff and faculty she worked with, at Horry County Schools, were blessed by and a blessing to "Mrs. G." Always thoughtful and full of compassion for others, she often kept snacks and bottles of water in her vehicle to give to those in need. In addition to being a light to the community, she let her light shine even brighter at home. Whether it was through the faithful sharing of a morning or evening devotional, a warm hug, an amazing home-cooked meal, or just a gentle yet radiant smile, Mommy always knew how to brighten the darkest of days. "...therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:21b-23. Roy Gurganus, of Myrtle Beach, was the former husband and good friend of Judy, and Judy's other survivors includer her four children, a son-in-law, and a daughter-in-law: Lindsey Renee Schirra and husband Robert, of Myrtle Beach; Lori Kai, of Myrtle Beach; Rick Franklin, of Myrtle Beach; Jeff Edward and wife Eminet, of Simsbury, CT. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Shelby Linn and Lilly Mae, of Myrtle Beach; and Nathanael Philippos, of Simsbury, CT.
The family will receive friends at the McMillan-Small Funeral Home from 4:00-6:00 PM on Friday, October 12, 2018. Graveside services will be at Ocean Woods Memorial Cemetery at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 13, 2018.