Obituary: Hurd, Virginia M.
Virginia M. Hurd was born on July 21, 1924 in South Haven, MI to James C. and Rena J. Marshall. She passed away on November 3rd, 2012. Virginia grew up as the daughter of a farmer, attending school, and doing the “usual” farm chores. Growing up during the Depression years, she earned money ironing for people in town, working at the resorts on Lake Michigan, and helping out at the family’s roadside fruit and vegetable stand. She learned to play the violin and was a member of the orchestra at South Haven High School. Virginia attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, where she met her future husband, Robert. They were married in 1950. She finished her schooling at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, in 1947, earning a degree in Medical Technology. Virginia worked at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital, and Hollister-Stier Laboratories. She had many hobbies and interests including; playing the violin, duplicate bridge, scrabble, cribbage, sewing, knitting, cooking and playing games around the kitchen table. Virginia loved to travel and visited Great Britain, Arizona, California, and Michigan. One of her favorite places to visit was Leavenworth, WA. Her children have many fond memories of trips to Michigan on the train and by car. Virginia was an outgoing Camp Fire leader. She was very active in her church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and later at St. Gregorios Syrian Orthodox Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; James and Rena, her husband; Robert C. Hurd, her brothers; Gordon and Eugene, and her grandson; Jared. She is survived by her sister; Margaret Langreder of Tucson, AZ; and her daughters; Mary Tyllia (Ed), Elizabeth Hurd (Gene Turner), Roberta Jackson (Tim) and son; Stephen R. Hurd (Peggy). She also leaves behind seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at Clare Bridge Care Center, and Hospice of Spokane for their compassionate and professional care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Gregorios Building Fund in care of Fr. Anthony Creech, 506 N. Mamer Rd., Spokane Valley, WA, 99216; the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 910 W. 5th Ave, Ste, 256, Spokane, WA, 99204; or Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA, 99210-2215. A Vigil will be held Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be Wednesday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m., also at Hennessey-Smith. Officiating at both services will be Fr. Anthony Creech and Fr. Michael Hatcher. Please visit Virginia’s online memorial and leave a message of condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com