Edith H. Hurd, age 98, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at the Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell.
Memorial services for Edith will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Big Sandy. An urn burial will be in the Big Sandy Cemetery. She was born on Nov. 1, 1908, in Kathryn, N. D., the daughter of Hilbert and Eva (Helland) Peterson. When she was a child she moved with her parents to Montana to homestead 28 miles north of Havre. Edith had two younger brothers and they attended a country school one mile from the Canadian border. She attended and graduated from Havre High School. She attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, Wash. When she was 24-yearsold she was married to Leo Wall at Cottonwood. He died very suddenly, a day before the birth of their daughter. Following the death of Leo, she continued working as an office worker for a government project when she met Verlin Hurd, a project developer for the Department of Agriculture. They were married in 1936, in Red Lodge and expanded the family with four more children. She was a homemaker and raised five children. She worked at Big Sandy Drug and Wells Drug in Shelby and later was manager of American Land and Title in Thompson Falls. She continued working and retired as a manager of a Title Company in Havre when she was in her 80s. She also stayed busy with 4-H, Reliance Club and Ladies Aid. She also enjoyed dancing and met both of her husbands at community dances. She learned to crochet when she was four-years-old and also knitted. She moved to Kalispell in 1997 to be closer to her daughters and became a resident of Immanuel Lutheran Home in 2004. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Big Sandy and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Thompson Falls and was also a member of the Ladies Club of Thompson Falls. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leo Wall in 1936 and Verlin Hurd in 1983; her parents; brother, Russell Peterson; a granddaughter, Jennifer Taylor; son-in-laws, Dean Taylor and Buster Buttram in 2006; a daughter-inlaw, Mary Ann Hurd in 2007; and a sister-in-law, Helen Peterson. She is survived by four daughters, Linda H. Taylor and Sandra E. (Milton) Olson, both of Kalispell, Sharon G. Gatewood of Lexington, Ky. And Ruth A. Buttram of Greeley, Colo.; son, Russell W. Hurd of Glendale, Ariz.; brother, Arnold (Alice) Peterson of Havre; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren. The family suggests that any memorial contributions be sent to the Immanuel Lutheran Home, 185 Crestline Ave., Kalispell, MT 59901. Johnson Mortuary and Crematory is caring for Edith’s family. You are invited to go to www.johnsonmortuary.com to offer condolences and sign Edith’s guest book.