Betty Lou Hurford of Rosiclare, died 7:32 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at the Hardin County General Hospital after a brief illness.
Betty was born on March 5, 1930, at the family home in Rosiclare to Fowler Curtis Sr. and Mary (Conrad) Curtis.
Betty was a member of the Rosiclare United Methodist Church and served on the Rosiclare Library Board for many years. She was also a past member of the Pope-Hardin County Garden Club and The Coffee Girls club. She was co-owner of The Flower Basket in Rosiclare in the late 1960s and 1970s and worked part time as needed at the Hardin County Independent co-owned by her husband, Noel E. Hurford, and herself.
Betty was a very artistic and creative person. She loved to paint, play the piano and crochet. She also designed and hand-sewed small old fashion dolls and doll clothes for her granddaughters. Betty was always working on a project of some sort. She and her husband, Noel, grew beautiful flower gardens in their yard in Rosiclare as a hobby. The couple also loved to hike the many scenic areas of Hardin, Pope and surrounding counties in search of wildflowers. She was a faithful caregiver for her grandmother, parents and husband in their elderly years. Betty also enjoyed babysitting her granddaughters, and in more recent years, two of her great-grandsons. Betty was a community minded person who volunteered in many capacities throughout the years. She was the definition of a good person.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Noel E. Hurford; and a brother, Fowler Curtis Jr.
Survivors include her daughters, Susan (Paul) Williams of rural Elizabethtown and Julia (Ken) Smith of Galatia; two sisters, Linda (Curtis) Leggens of Harrisburg and Becky (Curtis) Brandt of rural Golconda; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Rash) Lane of Rosiclare, Heather Rash of Rosiclare and Shannon Roth of Carbondale; grandson-in-law, Tony Lane of Rosiclare; five great-grandchildren, Sean and Luke Lane, and Aida, Cazz and Weston Barnard, all of Rosiclare; a sister-in-law, Nell Cox of Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews.
Hardin County Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements. Services were held Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Rosiclare United Methodist Church where Betty and Noel were married in 1949 and remained lifelong members. The service was officiated by Pastor Haley Hausman. Burial was in Empire Cemetery in Elizabethtown.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Rosiclare Public Library, P.O. Box 10, Rosiclare, Ill. 62982.