Anne Hurst Obituary (1930 – 2022) – Modesto, CA

Anne (Nan)Hosmer Hurst June 5, 1930 – August 24, 2022

The daughter of Chester and Marian Hosmer, Nan spent her early years in Falls Church, Virginia and summers at the family cabin in Maine before moving west after marriage. Nan developed her strong faith in God during those early years. She married the love of her life, James (Jim) Hurst, and together they pursued a lifelong adventure founded in God. She was active in a church wherever she lived, teaching Sunday school, working with youth groups and helping to direct church camps. Nan was an active member of the Oakdale Christian Church for over 40 years, singing in the choir and initiating the church’s outreach through Clown Ministry.

For many years, Nan was active with American Field Service, hosting exchange students from Laos, Argentina, Australia, France, and Jordan. She also hosted a Rotary exchange student from Japan. Along with many others, every one of them became part of her extended family that continued to grow during her many travels around the world.

Upon retirement, Nan and Jim volunteered as interpretive rangers for the National Park Service for seven winter seasons, first at Big Bend NP in Texas and later at Organ Pipe Cactus NM in Arizona. Nan accompanied Jim on more than 20 volunteer assignments for USAID in 15 developing countries. Nan and Jim traveled extensively, visiting every continent and all fifty states. After Jim’s passing, Nan continued to travel, visiting a total of 101 countries. Nan’s love for photography helped document her various travels and provided insight into the wonders of the countries and the people she encountered.

Nan was devoted to her children and grandchildren. She took pride in attending and was supportive of the athletic, academic, and musical activities in which they were involved. She passed along a deep faith in God and instilled a sense of family in her children. Her passing leaves a hole in all our hearts. Nan was preceded in death by her husband, Jim. She is survived by her seven children: Roy (Jeannine) Hurst of Midland, TX; Marjorie Rushing of Sacramento, CA; Virginia Ponte of Modesto, CA; Lawrence (Deborah) Hurst of Blythe, CA; William (Alicia) Hurst of Pacific Grove, CA; Kenneth (Margaret) Hurst of Manteca, CA; Steven (Brenda) Hurst of Turlock, CA; seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Rolland “Woody” Hurst of Hayden, ID, three nieces and one nephew.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Oakdale Christian Church, 330 Maxwell St. in Oakdale at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 3, 2022. In lieu of flowers, remembrance can be made to Heifer International at or to a charity of your choice.

Published by Legacy Remembers on Aug. 28, 2022.

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