Service Saturday for former Douglas leader Jerry Bing |

Service Saturday for former Douglas leader Jerry Bing

When asked why she wore purple all the time, Jerry Bing said that she learned that a way for people to remember her was to associate with a certain color.

That’s why her daughter has asked those attending the former county commissioner’s graveside service to wear purple in her memory.

Bing, 72, died Feb. 27, 2016, in Sun City, Ariz., after a 10-year struggle with lung cancer.

Born Aug. 27, 1943, in Vallejo, Calif., she and husband Gerald Bing moved to Carson Valley in 1967.

A member of Soroptimists Club of Carson Valley, she was an avid golfer and member of the Carson Valley Women’s Golf Club.

She was elected to the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District in 1978. She was the first Gardnerville Ranchos resident elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 1984. She served as chairman of the board.

She was a member of the master plan steering committee in the early 1990s.

She is survived by daughter Jamey (Michael) Taylor, stepson Dana Bing; grandchildren Aidan and Mason, Rowan, Denver, Patryk and Danaell; Nephews and nieces Christopher, Danielle, Cassandra, Gary, and Scott.

Graveside services will be 11 am. March 19, 2016, at the Eastside Memorial Park and a celebration of life to follow at the Carson Valley Country Club from 12-3 p.m. “Please wear purple as most know it was moms favorite color,” Taylor said. “The family has requested in lieu of flowers please donate to a lung cancer research foundation.”