The Rev. Dr. Sue Ann (George) Gurney

The Rev. Dr. Sue Ann (George) Gurney, 64, Greenwood, S.C., formerly of Altoona, died Dec. 23, 2012, at her home.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Charles F. and E. Anita (Haller) George.

Surviving are her husband, Ronald D. Gurney; a sister, Terra D. George, and a nephew, David Michael Ehgartner, both of Altoona; and three stepsons: Nathan, Derek and wife, Cheryl, and Aaron and fiancee, Tami, all in South Carolina. She is also survived by her faithful companion, Sugar.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Lepkowski.

Sue Ann was a 1966 graduate of Altoona Area High School, and she earned an A.S., B.S. and M.Ed. at Penn State University. She studied echocardiography at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh and at Harvard Medical School, receiving a Doctorate of Science in echocardiography. She also received a doctorate in biological sciences from Columbia Pacific University, a doctorate in theology from Anderson School of Theology and a doctorate in pastoral counseling, ministry and Christian counseling from Newburgh Theological Seminary.

She earned numerous certifications, registries, awards and accolades. She published many research articles in medical journals as well as medical clinical texts, numerous short stories and poetry.

The Rev. Dr. Gurney had been employed at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, S.C., as the chief echocardiographic technologist in the special services division. She retired from Carolina Imaging Center in Anderson, S.C., and Anderson Hospital.

She performed in “The Traveling Dinner Show,” a production for charity of old-time radio programs performed onstage at Greenwood Community Theatre. Her other hobbies included playing numerous musical instruments, writing and performing music, rabbit hunting, dogs and reading.

A funeral service was conducted in South Carolina, and interment was made at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monica’s Heart Greyhound Adoption or the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Local arrangements are by The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.