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Alvarine Gurney (nee Bisque) was the mother of Jacqueline, and Gladys Gurney, the maternal grandmother of Marge, Patty, and Selma Bouvier, the wife of Ferdinand Gurney, and the mother-in-law of Clancy Bouvier. She was also the maternal great-grandmother of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, and the grandmother-in-law of Homer Simpson.


She had very poor eyesight, and when using the "here comes the aeroplane" technique to put food in to baby Marge's mouth, continuously ran the spoon into Marge's face and eventually her eye.[1]

She disapproved of Jacqueline’s and Marge’s choice in husbands.

What appeared to be a Civil War figurine was passed down to Marge from her or Marge's other grandmother, but when the family went to sell it to Cockamamie's, it turned out to be a liquor bottle from the early 1970's.

A picture of her when she was younger can be seen in Selma's Choice during the will form Gladys.


  • Her maiden name Bisque is a name of a French soup.