Janice Kay Hurt, 78, Webster Groves, Mo., went to her rest on Friday, November 6, 2020
Janice was born on October 6, 1941 to Frank and Juanita Halterman in Chicago, Ill. The family moved to Liberty, Mo., where Janice graduated high school in 1959. Janice attended St. Lukes Nursing School in Kansas City where she fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. She started and ended her incredible career in the Excelsior Springs Hospital, where for almost thirty years she cared for the citizens of Excelsior as a floor nurse. She loved the interaction with the patients and their families and cherished her chosen career.
She married Jim Hurt and they were married for 38 wonderful years. Janice was a member of many organizations and cherished her friendships. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Cotary and Study Club. She was an amazing knitter and many people have a token of her handiwork. Janice and her husband, Jim, loved going to the Chiefs games every Sunday and cheered on the Chiefs win or lose. Everybody knew they could always find Jim and Janice in lot J and there would be plenty of food, drink and confidence in a Chiefs victory for everyone. She loved traveling with her husband and friends, and they were avid “cruisers”.
Janice was a member of Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church and enjoyed attending every Sunday and, of course, going to lunch with her friends after the service.
Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Hurt; parents, Frank and Juanita Halterman; and her brother, Lee.
Survivors include her son, Chris Hurt; daughter-in-law, Patricia Hurt; granddaughters, Alexandria Hurt, Claudia Hurt, and Mallory Hurt; and brother, Richard Halterman.
Janice will be remembered for her incredible positive attitude no matter what the circumstances. She woke up every day seeing the good in everyone and the world. Janice’s will to be independent was motivating to all who knew her and provided many with great inspiration. She loved her friends and family and always wanted to go to her meetings and to any social event that was happening.
Janice will lie in-state Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and a graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery at 11:30 a.m., all are welcomed.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to either St. Lukes Hospital or the MS Society.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Our Sincere Condolences
Going to a better place.
Sorry for your loss in our prayers. Janice was a special lady. Love her!
Bruce & Deborah Nance
To the family. Janice was such a special lady. She had so much compassion for all people. I don’t remember Excelsior without your parents. So sorry for your loss. She was always so proud of your family and your beautiful girls. Her heart was so large and will be missed.
Stuart & Kay Carrico
I am so sorry for your loss. This is a big loss also for our St. Luke’s School of Nursing Class of 1962. Janice was so special and I came to appreciate her more and more through the years as I saw the effects of her disease gradually take down her body but not her spirit! She had a great sense of humor and upbeat attitude.
Janice was an active participant in our lunchbunch and I shall miss her whenever we are able to get together again after this pandemic.
Thanks for sharing her with us.
My email did not work on my phone so I didn’t know it till I talk to Mary Ellen Schluter. I was so upset being informed and wish I could’ve talked to her more. Our condolences are definitely with you. Loved her so very very much. Be sure and tell Jim that he has my condolences for sure too.
Joyce Ballew Rich
I have been thinking about Janice since hearing she was leaving us. Janice and I became good friends as soon as she and her parents and little brothers moved into the house next door on Sunset in Liberty. As an only child I was unaccustomed to all the activity in their little house. I was swept up in it and felt welcomed every time I stepped in to join whatever was going on. The highlight of those early times was when I was invited to go with them to visit the grandmother in southern Missouri. I still remember being in the midst of real rural living. When Janice announced they were moving a few blocks up Sunset to a bigger house I was devastated. Luckily for me, Janice and I remained close friends even though we were no longer next door neighbors. That closeness remained over the years even when we didn’t see one another for long stretches. I am grateful for the last call we had recently. I cherish my memories of her and of Jim who I knew and loved from our very young years.
Judith Epstein Ramquist
Gail and I both have such great memories of the good times we enjoyed with both Janice and Jim. We admired the courage Janice showed in her battle with MS. She always remained positive. She talked about her family friends and the good things around her and never mentioned anything about her own problems.
When I was a patient at St. Luke’s (after one of my many accidents) Janice managed to get me an overnight pass to attend a party. Doesn’t hurt to break a rule now and then for a good cause.
We will miss her greatly, as will many other folks.
Bob & Gail Shara