Peggy Sue Hurt passed away peacefully November 14, 2021 with her family by her side. Peggy was born March 3, 1945 in Marion, Indiana, to Charles Barnes Nash and Naomi Katz Nash. Peggy was the oldest sister to four siblings, Larry, Dick, David, and a baby sister, Sondra. Peggy’s father was in the Air Force and she spent her childhood moving often. As a child she lived in Honolulu, Hawaii; Agawa, Japan; Champaign, Illinois; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. She said she was a mischievous child and often spent her time with her nose in a corner. She once accidently drove the family car into the lake while taking her eyes off the road to check out cute boys. She loved her siblings and when they gathered together there was always storytelling and lots of laughter. Peggy was known for her contagious laugh (cackle). Her brother Dick describes her as a person of great kindness with a positive outlook on life.
Peggy was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints by her friend Beatrice Beard and soon after met her sweetheart, Charles Hurt, at the church Green and Gold Ball in Sedalia, Missouri in the fall 1965. She was baptized a member of the church August 7, 1966. Peggy and Charles were married September 29, 1967 in Sedalia, Missouri and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1968. In their 54 years of marriage they worked through the tough times and were blessed to see their love grow into a beautiful companionship. They were rarely apart in their golden years and in her last months of life, her loving husband served and cared for her every need as she prepared to pass from this life.
Peggy and Charles were blessed with three boys, Paul, David, and Philip. These boys were her life, she always wanted the best for them. She sacrificed her own needs to see that her boys had the best of everything. David often said “She wasn’t the perfect mom, but she was the perfect mom for me.”
Peggy took pride in her role as a homemaker. During the first 35 years of their marriage they lived in 22 different homes. Charles’ jobs took them to numerous towns in Missouri, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and California before they finally settled in Ivins, Utah.
Before they moved into each home, it had to pass Peggy’s cleaning standards. Walls were washed, cupboards wiped out, screens and windows cleaned. As soon as it was spotless, pictures were hung, cupboards filled, and it became a home. Peggy said each new town they moved to she would read the yellow pages of the phone book. She claimed if you wanted to know about your town, read the phone book. Peggy loved to cook and was known for fabulous meals. Everything Peggy did she strived for perfection. It was a joke that Peggy washed the walls so often they needed repainted yearly. She hated messes and thought she was the smartest mom when she discovered if she fed her kids in the bathtub she could keep the mess contained.
Peggy loved to read and was very intelligent. She always had a library full of books that adorned the walls in their homes. She passed her love for reading down to her boys who are all avid readers. She loved playing games and seeing people have a good time. She was a great hostess. She loved to shop, often to Charles’ chagrin. She loved animals and shared that love with her children. She was a kid at heart and was not embarrassed to act silly and have fun with people. Up until she could no longer run, she loved doing Chinese fire drills.
She will be remembered as a lifelong teacher. She taught and volunteered in schools, as a seminary teacher, and in her church. She was thrilled when she finally got a daughter in law and quickly taught her how to bottle fruit and salsa and bake bread. She always bought her grandkids toys that were educational and encouraged learning. She loved to read to them and teach them of their Jewish heritage. Peggy was creative. She loved making crafts and sewing. She wrote and directed a few plays. She had a knack for decorating.
Peggy and Charles were blessed with six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Although her health problems limited her time with them, she always made them laugh and her grandkids were notorious for bringing the silly out in grandma. She was proud of her championship title for stuffing more marshmallow peeps into her mouth than any of her adult grandkids!
Peggy will be most remembered for her love of her family and for her faith in Jesus Christ and His eternal plan for her family. She endured many challenges in life, including chronic health problems. She was a comfort to many who came to her for advice on enduring life’s struggles. She always testified of Jesus Christ and the peace she found in his teachings. In her last earthly days, she spoke of eternal families and her readiness to go to Heaven.
Peggy is preceded in death by her father Charles Barnes Nash (1984) and her Mother Naomi Katz Nash (2014). She leaves behind her loving husband Charles William Hurt Jr. Her children Paul Warren (Shellie) Hurt, David Hurt and Phillip Hurt (Kimberly Galyean). Her grandchildren Dillon (Kylee) Hurt, Berkeley (Savannah) Hurt, Aspen Hurt, Daisy Hurt, Wyatt Hurt and Spencer Hurt. Her great Grandchildren Brielle, Oakley, Goldie and McCoy Hurt. Her siblings Larry (Jody) Nash, Dick (Maggie) Nash, David (Sharon) Nash, Sondra (Patty) Nash, and her many nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to CNS Home Health and Hospice for their compassionate care rendered to Peggy and to the many wonderful neighbors, friends, and the Red Cliffs 8th Ward who have shown love and kindness to Peggy and Charles.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:00 am at the LDS Chapel (Red Cliffs 8th Ward) on 625 E. Center Street, Ivins Utah 84738. There will be a viewing held prior to the funeral from 9:00am-9:45am. Interment will be held at the Ivins City Cemetery under the direction of McMillan Mortuary 435-688-8880. This service will be live-streamed at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84428787305?pwd=YWw1R2ZiR0RrNG4rcDVHN2h1QUlJQT09