Cover photo for Carole Gurney's Obituary
1945 Carole Gurney 2023

Carole Gurney

July 21, 1945 — November 30, 2023

formerly of Niles, Michigan


Carole Ann Gurney, age 78 years formerly of Niles, Michigan died peacefully at 6:22 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2023 with her family gathered at her bedside at the Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka, Indiana following an extended illness.

She was born on July 21, 1945 in Niles to Charles W. and Dorothy I. (Kennish) Rudduck, and  graduated from Niles High School.  She began her career at Pawating Hospital in Niles, Michigan and worked at a few local companies including in the HR office at the former Femco, LLC in South Bend.  She retired from the Human Resources office of Southfield Village in South Bend.  She has lived in South Bend since 1990.

A part of Carole’s responsibilities at Southfield included planning bus trips for the residents, and she enjoyed traveling with them.  At home, she enjoyed flower gardening, and her yard was a little piece of paradise. She loved shopping for flowers with family. She was an avid reader, usually romance novels and history, and absolutely loved The Hallmark Channel.  She shared her home and heart for many years with her pet dogs, Catie and Callie.

Surviving family includes her children, Angela (& Phillip) Armstrong of Indianapolis, Indiana, Steve (& Kim) Gurney of Paw Paw, Michigan, and Jeff (& Shelly) Gurney of Lakeville, Indiana; grandchildren Adam (& Rachel) Armstrong, Timothy (& Brittany) Armstrong, Timothy Gurney, and Ashley Gurney; great-grandchildren Luke Armstrong, Jaxon Gurney, and Rowyn Gurney; Carole’s brother, Charles W. (& Nancy) Rudduck of Deckerville, Michigan, and several nieces & nephews.

She was sadly preceded in death by a 3-year old great-grandson, Peyton Armstrong in 2019; her sister, Charlene Redwine in 2012; and by her parents, Charles Rudduck in 1982, and Dorothy Rudduck in 2006.

The family of Carole Gurney will gather privately on Monday, December 4, 2023 at her graveside in Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles for Committal Services.  Arrangements were completed at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles.  There will be a small gathering afterwards for friends and family, if you would like to attend, please contact Angie, Steve or Jeff for directions. Online condolences may be left at:

Carole’s life was clearly devoted to caring: caring for employees through her human resources efforts, caring for the residents of Southfield, caring about her yard, caring for pets, and - most importantly – caring for her family.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Carole Gurney, please visit our flower store.


Visits: 431

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree