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Gertrude Babcock

April 27, 1914 — January 31, 2011

Gertrude (Quarnberg) Babcock, age 96, passed away January 31, 2011 in Wickenburg, Az. Gertrude Q. Babcock was born April 27, 1914 to Carl and Kathryn Quarnberg in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. She attended Belle Fourche High School graduating in 1932. She attended Colorado Women's College for two years. Much later attended Chardon State College in Chardon, Nebraska and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelors Degree in Education. She taught school in Nebraska and Wickenburg, Az. She has been a member of the PEO Sisterhood for over sixty years, first in Chapter A.U., South Dakota, and more recently D.R., Arizona. She is a lifetime member of the Episcopal Church having been a member on the staff of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rapid City, South Dakota. Since living in Wickenburg, Gertrude has been very active in St. Alban's Episcopal Church. She has been a member of the Eastern Star. Gertrude was a thoughtful, caring person. Through her church and faith she encouraged and gave hope to people. She was especially active in Church Women United in Rapid City, South Dakota and in Wickenburg, Arizona. She is survived by her husband Fred Babcock. She was preceded in death by two former husbands, George Bruntlett, father of her three children and Dean Wilhite. Gertrude's family still living are son Carl Eugene Bruntlett of West Virginia; Katherine L. Smart of Florida, Charles Arthur Brunlett of Rapid City, South Dakota, sister Carlen Q. Penfold of Boulder, Colorado, brother Lex Quarnberg and his wife Lorraine of Fort Collins, Colorado, 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, 8 nieces and nephews. Services will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Wickenburg at a later date. She will be interred in the Memorial Garden Columbarium. No Flowers Please. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alban's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or the Quarnberg Maintenance Memorial Fund, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rapid City, South Dakota.
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