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MARY DRYSDALE HURST  (published on March 24, 2009)

MARY DRYSDALE HURST (DE ARMOND) Unexpectedly on Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the Victoria General Hospital, Mary Hurst passed away at the age of 90 years. Survived by her husband Dr. Harold Hurst and their four children, Shirley Render (Doug Clark), Susan Hurst-Makridis (Tony Makridis), Brian Hurst (Teri Caldwell) and Dr. Lorne Hurst (Dr. Elly Hoogterp-Hurst) and former son-in-law Doug Render; grandchildren Kelly (Render) and Darryl Lazarenko (great-grandsons Will and Nate); Matthew and Andrea Render (great-grandchildren Olivia and Benjamin); Takis and Vanessa Makridis and Christos Makridis; Lauren and Averie Hurst; and Kim and Niels Hurst will miss their Nana. Also surviving are sister-in-law Margaret Vernon and brothers-in-law Jim and David Hurst (Calgary). Mary will be remembered for her determination to accomplish whatever she set out to do but above all, for her total commitment to her beloved husband Harold and to her family. Mom took great pride in her role as a wife, mother and homemaker. Family was all-important to our Mom, who loved to bake and hold Sunday dinners and who postponed doing a lot of things until all of us were launched and out of the house. Mom, who had a sharp business mind, ran Coney Lodge (a rustic summer resort) at Lake of the Woods for many years (1941-1956), helped Harold at the office when required and then decided to obtain a university degree. With enthusiasm and 100% effort she outshone us all and collected A's in all her courses in completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Winnipeg. She was a fantastic cook and we were all spoiled with her pies and all the preserves she made from her garden at the lake. She and Dad were avid bridge players and they made a dynamo team. She and Dad played their last game of bridge together only last week. Mom loved to sing at church and grew up attending and being married at Westminster United Church and later attended St. Andrews River Heights United Church. She taught us all that hard work, determination and a smile is the way to proceed. She gave her husband Harold 100% love and still managed to give all four of her children 100% love Mom, we love you so much. Our Mom's one regret will be that she did not die at her beloved Lake of the Woods. Mom, we will spread your ashes at the lake this summer for your final swim. Dad, we know you will miss your Bebe , your beloved sweetheart of almost 67 years of marriage. Our family will fondly remember the last picture we have of the two of them at the lake, walking down the dock for a swim, holding hands and their outer hands each holding a cane. The family will be holding a private gathering. Arrangements by Neil Bardal Inc., 949-2200.

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