Priscilla Gail Burchett, 80, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 23rd after a short bout with cancer. The daughter of John Brantley McGuire and Mossie Vera Holman McGuire, she was born on December 27, 1939 in Todd, North Carolina. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a younger sister, Judy McGuire. Gail received her Nursing degree from Melrose Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, Massachusetts in 1962. Her early nursing career was spent in Detroit and Smithfield Michigan before moving to Greensboro in 1985, where she had a sister and a cousin, and was near Todd, Boone, and Blowing Rock, North Carolina where she also had family. She began working at Wesley Long Hospital in 1985, earning a National Certification in CCRN, Adult Critical-Care Nursing and then retiring in 2003. However, Gail continued working, going to Adams Farm Living & Rehabilitation in Jamestown, NC and Penn Nursing Center in Reidsville, NC until 2007.
Gail was a woman who loved life and brought joy, kindness, and love to those fortunate to know her. Books were her constant companions, and gardening was her passion, her yard a perennial garden with a wide variety of flowers. Ever an animal lover, she always had pets, especially cats. Her adventuresome spirit took her on travels with close friends to France, Italy, London, and Scandinavian countries. Twice, she drove across the United States, to visit her son, Scott, in California, and the second time she was 71 when she drove to visit her daughter, Elizabeth, and her family in Utah. At 77, she and son, Scott, drove to Florida for a beach vacation with her 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
Having a zest for life led her to oil painting and participating in art shows, as well as having an antiques booth with a good friend in the Greensboro area for several years. Gail’s creativity and love of beauty showed itself in a number of ways, one was in her decorating style, using color, antiques, and unique displays with a touch of whimsy. Even at 80, she continued to plan for redecorating her home.
Gail became associated with Christ Church Greensboro in the last few years, grew in her faith in Jesus Christ, and enjoyed loving friends and the ministry there as health allowed. She bravely faced her illness with peace in her Lord and Savior.
Gail is survived by her son, Scott Allen Burchett, and daughter, Elizabeth Carole Krafft (Don); siblings: Carole Grogan of Greensboro, Susan Hodges (James) of Greenwood, S.C., Robin Kerrigan (Kevin), and brother, Kyle Wilcox (Diane), both of Blowing Rock, N.C.; grandchildren: Tyler J. Krafft (Brandy), Bailey Krafft Huskins, and Owen W. Krafft; great grandchildren: Makenzie, Tyler, Jr., and Ava Krafft; Jaxson and Lincoln Huskins.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Gail Burchett’s life will be held at Christ Church Greensboro, 414 Church Street, Greensboro, N.C. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at noon. Officiating the service will be The Rev. Jeff Miller of Christ Church Greensboro, and The Rev. Don Krafft, Gail’s son-in-law, of Mountain Road Church in Fruit Heights, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Gail Burchett, to the Animal Rescue and Foster Care Program of Greensboro.
We wish to thank Beacon Place of Hospice of Greensboro for their loving care of Gail in the last few days of her life.
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