Gainesville - Virgie M. Pafford passed away peacefully on October 7, 2012 at home with family members at her side.

Virgie M. Pafford was a professor emeritus of the University of Florida College of Nursing and served as a faculty member from July 1959 until her retirement in January 1986. One of the college's earliest faculty members, she developed and taught the first public health nurses courses in the curriculum. Pafford was a beloved professor of the college and was known for her remarkable contributions to the health of our local community. The college established the Virgie Pafford Award in 1987 to recognize students who provided excellent community-based nursing care.

She will be remembered as a woman full of energy and enthusiasm for life who was dedicated to public health nursing. Her legacy will live on here in the many lives she touched, including former colleagues and students and those she served in the community.

She is survived by daughter Suzanne Pafford Dew of Ormond Beach, FL; son Sheldon Arnold Pafford, his wife Lisa; and two granddaughters, Shelby and Lea of Ormond Beach, FL.; son Carey Douglas (Pepper) Pafford his wife Kristen; and granddaughter Haley of Neptune Beach, FL; son Steven Kaplan and his wife Peggy and family of Coldwater, MS.

Donations can be made to the UF College of Nursing's consolidated Fund. Checks should be made to the UF Foundation, Inc. "In Memory of Virgie Pafford" in the memoline. Our address is UF College of Nursing Office of Development, P.O. Box 100197 Gainesville, FL., 32610. Open House- 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. October 21, 2012.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2012