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A matriarch’s passing has a message for us all

— The passing of a family member can rock a person’s very foundation, even when that ultimate end is expected.

One of the village’s most prominent families – the Hursts – lost their matriarch last week.

Shirley Moyer Hurst died calmly and quietly Thursday, Aug. 9, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. She had lived to the ripe old age of 87.

Born in Buffalo, Shirley had lived in Liverpool for 80 years. For 69 of those years she was married to Ken Hurst, one of our best-known and best-loved village advocates.

Just as Kenny devotes much of his time and energy to American Legion Post 188 and the Willow Museum, Shirley taught Sunday school at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and was a member of Post 188’s Ladies Auxiliary and the Historical Association of Greater Liverpool.

Although Shirley lived a good long life, her death still leaves the family with a deep sense of loss.

In a message of condolence posted at Maurer Funeral Home’s website, two friends of Shirley’s daughter, Sally Senecal, eloquently summarized the situation. While directed specifically to Hurst family members including Shirley’s eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren, the words written by Rick and Donna Pinckney could apply to anyone who has lost a loved one:

“What moves through us when a loved one passes is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, but little by little we begin to remember not just that they died, but that they lived. And that their lives gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

“It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.

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