Theresa Victoria Garland of Buffalo, a retired nurse who was active in church affairs, died Wednesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. She was 91.
Born Theresa Rutherford in Bridgewater, N.C., she came to Buffalo in 1940 and was a 1948 graduate of Buffalo School of Nursing.
Mrs. Garland served as a nurse at Emergency Hospital for 12 years and worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo General Hospital and Lafayette General Hospital. She also worked as a private nurse and at several nursing homes, retiring in 1983. She received a Superior Bedside Nursing award.
She was a president and founder of the Nurses Guild and Home Missions.
Active in St. Luke's African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, she was a member of the Cathedral Choir and the Missionary Society. She received a church award for 65 years of service, a United Mass Choir church award, a Home Missions Service Award, an award from the Cathedral Choir for 25 years of service and a Council of Churches award.
Her husband, Robert S., died in 1988.
Surviving are a son, Millard Rutherford of Atlanta; five sisters, Leona Rutherford, Chinetta McGuire and Jean Carson, all of Washington, D.C., Gladys Proctor of Baltimore and Laura Vaughan of Poughkeepsie; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at noon Wednesday in St. Luke's Church, 314 E. Ferry St., after viewing at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.