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Mary Ellen (Haskamp) Hurley

Born: Sat., Dec. 5, 1942
Died: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Feb. 07, 2019
Location: St. Mary's Mission Parish


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Stevensville - Mary Ellen Hurley, 76, passed away on February 3, 2019. Her faith in God and strong Christian belief gave her the strength to battle cancer. After a yearlong fight, she lost her battle and now joins God in Heaven. She was born to William and Marie Haskamp in St. Paul, MN, where she grew up and attended St. Catherine’s University graduating in 1964. In 1962, she met Don Hurley and in 1965 they married. They moved to Milwaukee, WI where they raised their 3 children Jeff, Dave, and Kristina. Don and Mary fell in love with the Bitterroot Valley and after many vacations to Montana, they moved to Darby in 1981. They eventually settled in Stevensville. Her real passion was quilting. She ran a quilt shop in Stevensville for many years before operating it from her home as D & Me. Mary loved the outdoors and was an avid photographer of wildlife, flowers and the landscape. In 1989, she designed and made the State of Montana Centennial quilt. She loved to travel. Her favorite places were Alaska, Kauai and Germany. But no matter where she traveled, she always loved to come home to the Bitterroot Valley. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Don; her children; Jeff (Kelly)of Ohio, Dave (Jennifer) of Missoula, and Kristina of Missoula; her brother; William (Romayne)of AZ and MN; her grandchildren: Amber, Jessie, Lexie and Matt; great-grandchildren: Bentley, Hudson and Cooper. Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Mission Parish in Stevensville , Thursday, Feb 7 at 11am. The family suggests that any memorials be made to the Historic St. Mary’s Mission Inc. PO Box 211 Stevensville, MT 59870 or your local cancer center. Thanks to Consumer Direct Hospice for the wonderful care during Mary’s last few weeks.

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Emily
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. One encouraging thought you might find comforting is found at John 5:28, 29. “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” God gives us this beautiful hope that he will soon resurrect our dead loved ones and we can see them again on a paradise earth! I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me.

Jean Woessner
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
I am so very sorry to read of Mary's death. My condolences to the whole family and especially to her daughter, Kristina.

Michele Potter
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
Remembering Mary

While Mary was very creative and possessed many talents, she was not boastful and had a strong work ethic and value orientation. She was an active member of the Roman Catholic Church, putting her Christian faith into action in multiple ways. Her handcraft spoke for itself, especially her exquisite and myriad quilts — all pieces treasured by the Hurleys and recipients. Mary's other interests included photography and gardening. Her floral photographs were award-winning. Anything she planted was at home in its location and thrived.

Home life was important to Mary. The Hurleys’ home has a cozy and comfortable feel to it -- a reflection of their personal preferences, with beautiful wood interior and nostalgic wall decor seemingly from a bygone era. Charles Wysocki was a favorite artist (his art depicted life from yesteryear). Evidence of Mary’s character fills their home. Situated with breathtaking 360-degree views, their home is open to spectacular views of the Bitterroot Mountains to the west and the Sapphire Mountains to the east. Mary never tired of the sweeping views of the Bitterroot Valley. Mary flourished there.

Mary and Don so enjoyed to travel. Besides the many arts or crafts fairs to which they journeyed and at which they participated, Hawaii, Germany and Alaska were favorite destinations, though they traveled to many other places. Alaska travels were particularly rewarding in recent years. Mary was in awe of the beauty of the landscape, numerous adventures and photo opps.

Mary was just a solidly good person with a gentle and kind spirit and a zest for living life to its fullest. Oh, she had tales to tell. There was no need for her to write down details, as she had a sharp memory and provided interesting particulars of each adventure or project or encounter. She worked and played and shared alongside Don throughout their 53 years of marriage. Together they had a full life, indeed.

Mary's diagnosis was delivered late 2018. She wanted to fight, forcefully announcing, "I'll fool the doctors and live!" and “I still have so much to do.” Her life was taken...from her, from Don, and all who knew and loved her. She slipped away to God's home too soon. Everyone said she was finally at peace. I imagine Mary went right to work, and like a quilt, she is pulling together the pieces of her multi-faceted life, and she’s already working on a plan in preparation for the arrival of her loved ones. I hope Mary is among those to greet me when God calls me, as I know I can depend on her guidance through Heaven’s gates.

In that short time before she died, she had to accomplish some tasks, so when she was able, she shared as much as possible. Don says she “included lists and reminders!” Family and friends gathered around to express their love and gratitude, share significant and private words for the last time, and, finally, to say goodbye.

Mary Hurley, I miss you. There's a void that will never be filled. Our busy lives just got in the way so much of the time, but when we did get together, oh, what an enjoyable gathering it was! Thank you for being my friend.

“Jesus said: ‘I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” John 11:25-26

Rest in peace, Mary.

Dick & Michele Potter
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
Hurley Family,

Dick and I were honored and blessed to have known Mary. She was a gentle soul. We are deeply saddened.

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on her death.

Dick & Michele Potter

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