Jane Hurt was a talented pianist, artist and gardener who enjoyed life to its fullest.
“She lived to have fun,” Hurt’s daughter Louisa Visocky said. “She really enjoyed life and tried so hard to give all her children a chance to experience everything possible, whether art, music or sports.
Hurt, 88, of Hammond, was a founding member and on the board of directors of the Northern Indiana Art Association, her daughter said. She served on the Women's Board of the Hammond Art Center, the board of trustees for First United Methodist Church and the board of Camp Fire Girls and assisted in the founding of the Community Hospital in Munster.
With an interest in politics, Hurt was a member of the League of Women Voters.
A Plein Aire Painters’ member, Hurt was an avid oil painter specializing in outdoor scenes, especially of birch trees and the dunes.
Hurt’s only public art display was at the First United Methodist Church in Hammond, where she also enjoyed bringing flowers from her garden as centerpieces for coffee hour. Hurt never sold or gave away her paintings but saved them for her five children.
She was encouraged in her art by close friends Barbara Meeker and the late Mary Kuric. Hurt also appreciated her stepfather, Arza Bennett, for his educational support and encouragement.
Hurt met her late husband, Dr. Rex Hurt, to whom she was married 47 years, when both were dorm counselors at Purdue University, Visocky said. Hurt also attended Indiana University and Franklin College, where she was elected junior prom queen in 1945. Her degrees were in history and chemistry.
“She was so busy in chemistry and labs, she didn’t even know she was nominated (for prom queen),” Visocky said.