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January 9, 1934 - July 24, 2014

Nancy Jean (Hurd) Johnson of Dallas, always 29, passed away Thursday, July 24th, in Salem from complications related to dementia.

Nancy was born January 9, 1934 at home in Seaside, Oregon to Douglas Lawrence Hurd and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Brallier Hurd (Compton). Nancy grew up in Seaside, where she enjoyed roller skating and became an accomplished pianist.

Nancy spent a short time in California as a young adult, returning to Seaside, where she met Arthur Dwight Johnson. Nancy and Art married on February 20, 1955 in Seaside.

As a young homemaker, Nancy participated in league bowling, assisted in hosting the Miss Oregon pageant, and supported her husband and his brother in the establishment of a TV repair and cable television business. Nancy and Art welcomed the arrival of their first child, Pamela Lee, in 1959. In 1965, the couple moved to Dallas where Art set up a new business, Nancy established a new home and the couple welcomed their second daughter, Karen Kay. Their son, Scott Douglas, arrived in 1968 and preceded Nancy in death in 1992.

Nancy participated in many community improvement efforts in Dallas. She was an active member and former president of the Gala Committee, which organized events to raise funds for the Dallas Public Library. She was a former member of the community service group Altrusa International. In the mid-1980s, Nancy co-founded the Dallas Downtown Development Association and was recognized for her exemplary work to improve Dallas' downtown by the Oregon Downtown Development Association's award of "Volunteer of the Year" in 1986. Nancy also assisted in and chaired multiple political campaigns and served as Secretary of the Polk County Republican Central Committee.

Nancy loved entertaining and prized her many close friendships. She proudly kept a spotless home (her favorite hobby was vacuuming, followed closely by shopping). She enjoyed spending time with family at their Sunriver home and loved traveling the world with Art and their friends.

She leaves her husband of 59 years, Art; daughters and sons-in-law Pam and Randy Silbernagel of Albany and Karen and Greg Will of Sherwood; grandchildren Justin and Matthew Silbernagel and Elliandra, Jaden and Brandon Will; and brother Douglas Lawrence Hurd Jr. of Colorado.

Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:00 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church on Fir Villa Road followed by a fellowship reception and then interment in the Dallas Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 29th from 1:00 - 6:00 in Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dallas Community Foundation care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, who is caring for the family. Online condolences for the family may be left at

Published in StatesmanJournal on July 26, 2014
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