Our People

Meet our compassionate team at Waimea Richmond Funerals, offering personalized care and support during difficult times

Bridget and Bevan Hoult

Funeral Directors
Bridget Hoult (nee Day), alongside her husband Bevan, represents the fourth generation of the Day family entrusted with the stewardship of Days Funeral Services, succeeding her father Francis in this noble calling.

Bridget's immersion in the funeral services industry began in her formative years, as she assisted her grandmother with catering and cleaning hearses while still in school. She takes great pride in the fact that their company was the first in New Zealand to introduce catering at funeral services and one of very early funeral homes to provide a bereavement support service to families. Following her schooling, Bridget ventured abroad, spending a decade teaching in England. However, her heart remained connected to her family's legacy, and she returned to Nelson with renewed vigour and commitment to continue the tradition of compassionate care and dignified service. Bridget is both a qualified Embalmer and funeral director and was the first woman in Nelson to be awarded the National Diploma in Funeral Services.

Meanwhile, Bevan a Funeral Director with over two decades of experience, brings his expertise and compassionate approach to Waimea Richmond Funeral Services. He sees his role not merely as a job but as a calling, exemplified by his Diploma in Funeral Services and qualifications in embalming. Bevan's dedication to serving grieving families with empathy and support is unwavering, reflecting his deep-rooted belief in the importance of honoring life's milestones with dignity and respect.

Together, Bevan and Bridget embody a shared commitment to their community and profession. They find joy in spending time with their grown children and grandchildren, cherishing every precious moment together as a family.

Guided by their shared values of compassion, respect, and integrity, Bridget and Bevan are honoured and humbled to walk alongside families during their most difficult times, offering support and comfort when it is needed most.

In their hands, the legacy of compassionate funeral service continues, as they honour the past while embracing the future with hope and grace.

Liz Dennis

Funeral Director (Dip FD)
Born and raised in Gore, Southland, Liz had owned and operated her own funeral home in Gore for the last 11 years, she has now just relocated with her family to Nelson and joined the team at Marsden House.

Liz obtained her Funeral Directing Diploma in 2014.

I enjoy meeting people from all sides of life, often at a time when they are vulnerable and in need of guidance – it is a privilege to help and support families, and to develop a relationship with every family. Liz finds one of the most rewarding aspects of being a F.D is helping to facilitate families in saying goodbye to their loved ones and help them to create a meaningful farewell.

In her downtime Liz enjoys going to the gym, gardening, her mainecoon cats, spending time with family and taking one of their cars to the car shows with her husband.

Marchella Persico

Funeral Director
After working as an Orthodontic Auxiliary for the past 15 years, Marchella decided it was time to look into the dream I had of becoming a funeral director.

Marchella started working for Days Funeral Services in 2021. She finds it very rewarding being able to care for the deceased and provide them with dignity and respect in their final journey and helping support the families in my care while they navigate through such difficult times.

Outside of work, she is raising 3 sons with her husband and enjoying family time, while fitting in study for the New Zealand Diploma in Funeral Directing and being secretary for the Nelson Italian Club.

Brenda Skurr

Brenda was looking for a new challenge after working for Nelson Tasman Kindergartens for 14 and a half years. She saw the advertisement for an administrator at P Day & Son Ltd and pictured herself working as the administrator alongside funeral directors. After being an administrator primarily in community-based workplaces for 24 years, Brenda felt that even though funeral homes are not community workplaces, they are helping the community at a grassroots level.

“Working with Bevan and Bridget at the start of their journey with Days Funeral Services Ltd is a privilege, and with my accounts experience and ability to connect with families, I am really enjoying being part of a team that continues to help and assist families through an often-tough time in their lives.”

Brenda has recently purchased her first home and is enjoying the ability to plan and plant her own garden. She wishes for her garden to have mainly edibles and is becoming a passion to research and learn about different fruit trees and vegetables.