Jane Hurst

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Jane Carol Jeanes Hurst, 83, died on February 24, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Jane was born on September 8, 1930 in Houston, Texas where she spent most of her childhood years. She attended high school at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, and it was there that she started training the beautiful soprano voice which graced many acting stages and Methodist church choirs. In her freshman year at Southern Methodist University in 1950, she met and on April 1, 1950 married her first husband, Reverend Art Baker. They had two sons, Mike and Tom. She briefly pursued an acting career with training at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California. Her talent ultimately led to an award winning performance as Best Supporting Actress in "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker" in 1955 at the Alley Theatre in Houston. But motherhood called, and Jane and the boys moved to Willis, Texas, where Mike and Tom attended elementary school. Her drive to support herself and her sons made for daily commutes to Sam Houston where she earned her B.A. in English. Jane took her first job at Conroe High School in the fall semester of 1961. She later earned an M.A. in English at Sam Houston State University in 1971. Jane possessed a great devotion and passion for teaching and over her career she was twice honored as being "Teacher of the Year" at the schools where she taught. Besides being a popular teacher, Jane put her theatrical skills to great accomplishment in 1963 with her direction of the Conroe High School production of Rogers & Hammerstein's South Pacific. The acting group bonded so well that they have on occasion gathered for cast and crew reunions over the years since the performance. On December 25, 1965, Jane married the true love of her life, the late Dr. William R. "Bill" Hurst, and became a mom to Mary Carol, Steve, Janice, and Adam. Bill, always the free spirit and avid outdoorsman, followed his dream and in 1973 purchased the Heart Six Guest Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Bill began his family practice in Jackson later that spring. With Bill's guiding hand, Jane ran the ranch while he practiced medicine. The entire family tremendously enjoyed the many outdoor activities and the adventures which they encountered in the surrounding mountains and on the Snake River. Texas called the couple back where Bill worked as an emergency room physician and Jane returned to teaching. They ultimately made their home in Conroe, and Jane last taught at the Hauke Academic Alternative School, retiring in 2002. Jane and Bill loved trips to Las Vegas and other scenic venues, as well as caring for their large blended family and friends. Jane always brought life to social gatherings. Her beautiful voice, her caring love, and her sage motherly advice will be sorely missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Robert Hurst, her stepson, Adam Robert Hurst, and her parents, Vivian Koen Black and Thomas Elbert Jeanes. Jane is survived by her sons, Michael Lee Baker and wife, Beverly, and Thomas Arthur Baker; Stepdaughters, Janice Marie Hurst and Mary Carol Buchanan and husband, Larry; Stepson, Stephen William Hurst; Brother-in-law, James Taylor Hurst; favorite cousins, Bobby Walls, Sr. and Barbara Jane Valley; Grandchildren, Angela Sue Rodell and husband, Joseph; Rebecca Marie Hurst; Christina Elizabeth Hurst; Daniel Aaron Hurst; Emily Fay Baker; Collin Michael Baker and wife, Kelly; Clarke Edward Baker and wife, Katie; Clayton Lee Baker; Nathaniel Thomas Baker; and Great-Grandchildren, Molly Eilleen Baker; Jaxon Rodell; and Lanie Rodell; Nephew, Peyton McClung Hurst; Niece, Avery Halsted Hurst; and her beloved cat, Sweetie. Visitation will be held Friday, February 28, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at Cashner Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 with Dr. Jim Fuller officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations or contributions to The First United Methodist Church of Conroe or a . You are also invited to view our webpage and leave written condolences to the family at



Published on yourconroenews.com from Feb. 25 to Mar. 11, 2014
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