On April 4, 2020, we lost one of kindest, most beautiful souls of this earth. Kathleen Joyce Hurr, age 75, passed away with her husband of 55 years at her side at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, MT. Kathy was born in 1944, to Alvin and Kathryn Wick, in Frazee, MN. She had 3 brothers, Danny, Don, and Chuck, and one sister, Susie. They moved to Terry, MT when Kathy was seven years old and she attended grade school there. Later they moved to Ashland. She graduated from Colstrip High School in 1963. She met Richard Hurr in 1962 and they got married on July 17, 1964. In 1968 they had their first son, Ron. They moved to AZ and Richard was in the service there. They moved to Hysham in 1971. Over the next 10 years they added three more boys to their family, Tim, Tommy and Darren.
Kathy managed and cooked at the cafe in Hysham for years and loved it! She was also a dedicated and honorable postal service worker for over 30 years. In fact, she had just received a service award certificate in the mail that she never got to see.
Being a Mom to four busy boys kept Kathy busy and she got to do a lot of what she dearly loved and that was cooking! One of her specialties was her caramel rolls. She probably read every Stephen King book and was always up for watching a good scary movie.
Her favorite season was Summer when she was able to take in all of her grandkid’s sports. Baseball was her favorite and she spent many hours on the bleachers cheering. She also enjoyed camping and fishing in the Summer. And if kids and grandkids got to join them, that made it extra special. Getting in the boat and going for a ride always put a smile on her face and ending the day sitting around a campfire with family, stories and marshmallows was a little slice of heaven. She fished once in a while too and once she hooked a walleye that nearly pulled her out of the boat.
She was able to travel quite often after she retired, going on an Alaskan Cruise with her husband, going to Hawaii four times with Rick’s brother, Bill and his wife, Dolores, who was a dear “sister” to Kathy.
Kathy enjoyed crocheting many afghans over the years for friends and family and she always loved the days she could go to the Senior Center and play cards with many close friends in Hysham.
She had no enemies and everyone that met Kathy knew what a kind and gentle soul she was. Her kids and grandkids were her most prized possessions.
She would put her kids and grandkids first before anything in this world, never wanting anything for herself. If everyone else was happy, so was she. She loved holidays when everyone could get together, and she could cook for them and make her wonderful pies and Christmas goodies.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Richard of Hysham; her sons, Ron and his wife, Pam, Tim and his wife, Mary, all of Miles City, Darren and his wife Mandy, of Billings; grandchildren Jacob, Alex, Sam, Garrett and his wife Brittany, Gavin (Hailey), Miranda (Cody), Quinn and Thomas; and great grandchildren Trylan, Rowan, Khloe, Kyler, and Brayden; brother Chuck Wick of Hamilton, MT; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and Dolores Hurr of Cody, WY; sister-in-law Laurel Wilmoth of Hardin; two special nieces of Billings, MT; Donella and Devonna Wick; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents Alvin and Kathryn Wick; Father and Mother-in-law Raymond and Freida Hurr; brothers Danny and Don; sister Susie; son Tommy; brothers-in-law Timmy and Bob; sisters-in-law Linda and Laverne; and granddaughter, Erin Katherine Hurr.
Kathy we all loved you very much and miss you so much already, but we know you are smiling down on us. Until we see you again, we know the rainbows will be a little more colorful and the stars will shine brighter when we are sitting around the campfire.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Erin’s Hope Project, 2215 Edgewood St. Miles City, MT 59301
There will be a visitation on Thursday April 9, 2020 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Forsyth, MT at Stevenson and Son’s, with a private family graveside service on Friday April 10, 2020. There will be a memorial to celebrate Kathy’s life later this Summer. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.