Thurza Andrew (1936 - 2014)

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THURZA BARBARA ANDREW June 3, 1936-July 3, 2014 Thurza Barbara Andrew passed away peacefully at her Chico residence on July 3, 2014 in the presence of her husband Neil and her granddaughter Thurza Mae Andrew. She fought a gallant but brief battle with cancer the last few months of her full and exciting life. Thurza Barbara McDermid was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and raised in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She studied Commercial Art and was a member of the International Relations and Glee Clubs at Victoria College. She flew as a stewardess on American Airlines in the 1950s on DC-6/7's and Boeing 707. She married Neil H. Andrew, a U.S. Naval Aviator, in 1957. Not content to wait stateside while Neil served on various Mediterranean cruises in the early 1960s, she moved to Cannes, France and later to numerous stateside assignments including Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas before settling in northern California in the early 1970s. During her time as a Navy wife, she earned the 1000 hour service reward working for Navy Relief. She became a Real Estate agent in 1975 and worked at Century 21 Goodman Realty where she became Sales Manager. When the average sales price of a home was $30,000, she earned the title "Million Dollar Salesperson" two years running and was honored at the C-21 Sales Convention in Las Vegas. She received the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation and became a broker in 1979 and was a C-21 Corporate Sales Trainer. In the late 1980s she also became a mortgage broker, first with Chico Valley Mortgage and later with Investors First Mortgage. She was named the Chico Affiliate of the Year in 1996 by the Chico Association of Realtors. She taught Real Estate and Mortgage Loan Courses for Butte College beginning in the 1980s and retired earlier this year. She co-authored "California Mortgage Loan Brokerage" published by Dearborn/Kaplan in 2007. Thurza served as the President of the Chico Federation of Republican Women in 2009 and 2010. She became an American citizen in 2000 and was a fierce patriot of both Canada and the United States. She was a proud member of the Chico Noon Rotary Club. An animal-lover, Thurza raised many dogs, cats and horses in her lifetime. She was an avid tennis player and swimmer for many years and loved playing bridge as well as Mexican train with her family. Thurza traveled the world. In addition to her time in Europe, she visited her son Howard in South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. She also visited Rob in his various assignments in Germany, Mexico, Russia, Costa Rica, and Sweden. Thurza is survived by her husband Neil; her son Howard and his wife Carolie and grandchildren Emma, Rudyard, Caitlin, and Thurza Mae and three great-grandchildren of New Zealand; her son Robert and wife Pamela and granddaughter Jessica of Norman, Oklahoma. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Elk's Lodge in Chico on Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 3-6 p.m., a short service will begin at 4:00 p.m. The family suggests that guests wear bright colors, as that is what Thurza would have liked. Thurza was a strong supporter of the "Ability First" program, a wheel-chair sports camp that supports youths with physical disabilities; the family asks that any donations go to that organization, see www.abilityfirstsports.org or contact (530)-588-0335. Share your thoughts at NewtonBracewell.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 16, 2014
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