In dedication to the joyous and celebrated life of Dorothy Hurst. Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend Dorothy Hurst, 82, passed away peacefully at her home in St George, UT, in the arms of her eternal companion and Heavenly Father and surrounded by her family on May 31, 2010.
Dorothy was an active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served faithfully in many callings throughout her life.
Dorothy cherished her faith and her dedication to the church and was notably honored for this dedication by many members and followers of the faith.
This shone true in her heart and actions and every day of Dorothy’s life was spent with a true sense of purpose, meaning and with pure vision of love.
Dorothy was born in Grand Junction, CO on July 22, 1927, to Uriah and Annie Butt. She was raised in the sunny red rock desert of Bluff, along with siblings Dick, Dean, Barbara, and Calvin. Dorothy was in the graduating class of 1945, from San Juan High School.
At the age of 18, Dorothy left home for new horizons and to share her exuberance of life with the world.
She attended Brigham Young University and Weber College before settling down with the love of her life, John Roger Hurst. John and Dorothy were married June 15, 1949, in Blanding, UT, and sealed in the Manti LDS Temple June 10, 1976, for all eternity.
They were blessed with three wonderful children, Valorie (Craig) Hansen, Nannette (Dennis) Branham, Roger Hurst, 6 grandchildren, Cody John (Erica), Kellee Ann, Cody Richard (Stephanie), Spencer O’Brian, Holly Annika, Lindsey Marie and one great grand baby, Sydney Ann.
It is well known that Dorothy had a wish to be a mother of 10 daughters and her best friend Madge Shumway, of 78 years, wished to be an artist, but as fate had it they were reading each others cards and it ended up just the opposite.
Dorothy loved to cook and bake and she created magical recipes that blessed the bellies of many and whose cookies, eclairs, soups, and biscuits never ceased to delight or cure any aliment of the heart or soul.
She was a superb seamstress who’s creations left you all dolled up and dressed to the 9’s. Her home was always warm, full of life, and creatively and distinctly decorated with antiques passed down from generations, from pieces that were home made, to artifacts from around the world.
Her greatest joys in life came from holding strong to her faith, being a mother, a wife, a grandmother, and sharing her visions of beauty with the world through her unforgettable landscape paintings.
An achieved artist, Dorothy was well known throughout the state of Utah and internationally for her gorgeous landscape paintings of the desert, oceans, flowers, and more.
Dorothy created a career from her life’s passion and she shared her wisdom and joy of painting teaching others for over 40 years.
View one of her paintings on permanent display as part of the collection at the Bluff Fort Historic Site in Bluff, UT, where it will be cherished, shared and viewed by many for generations to come.
Upon retirement, John and Dorothy decided to fulfill a life long dream and moved to Sonora, Mexico, to build the house of their dreams.
Together as builder and artist they materialized their dream which then became known as “la Blanca Paloma” or “The White Dove,” endearingly named by her loving neighbors and natives of Rocky Point Mexico.
John and Dorothy loved taking the scenic routes, the ocean and sharing time together walking the shore, planting their cactus gardens, building monuments and creating the story of their life.
A visionary starlet forever remembered for her sparkling ocean blue blue eyes, her true heart of gold, faith, and enrapturing landscape paintings with an endlessly giving spirit who warmed the hearts of all that she knew bringing a smile, a sweetness and comfort that will never be forgotten.
A viewing was held in St. George on June 4, 2010. Funeral services were held in St. George on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Snow Canyon 11th Ward, 1625 N Lava Flow Dr. with visitation from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and services starting at 1:00 pm.
Graveside services were held on Monday, June 7, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Blanding City Cemetery.
A special thanks to the Ted Warthen Center for Assisted Living, for her care takers and special friends that spent time with her in her last days.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, UT, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign the guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.