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Anna L. Hurley

Anna Lucille Hurley, 89, of Greeley, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at her home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Greenwood. The Rev. Duane Marquis will officiate. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Hurley was born on Sept. 25, 1919, in Pleasant Township, Ohio. She was the first child of Howard M. and Mary E. (Keckler) Spence, and was the oldest of their ten children. She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, David Steensen of Jenera, OH and Martin and Ginger Steensen of Evansville, WI; three daughters and two sons-in-law, June and James Wilford of Greeley, Patricia and Gary Naylor of Crete and Angela Fowler of Louistown, PA; two brothers, George and Orloe, both of Ohio; and three sisters, Alice, Grace and Sarah, all of Ohio. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. In 1934, at the age of 15, she was married to Walter M. Steensen, Sr. They raised seven children together: Joanne, Walter, Jr., David, June, Martin, Patricia and Angela. Anna and Walter Steensen separated in the mid 1960’s and a few years later divorced. In 1975, Anna married Vernon Hurley in Lewiston, PA. They lived the rest of their married life in Pennsylvania. Anna was a happy person, who liked people, and conversed well. She did carry a lot of burdens and life’s trouble, but has always been a ‘real trooper’, sticking it out when life got tough. She was a devoted Christian woman, wife and mother. Her religious faith was very important to her. She was innovative and creative: a good seamstress, a good cook, and love crafts and needlework. She also taught herself to play the organ and had a beautiful singing voice. She continued to educate herself throughout life. She was preceded in death by her parents; her ex-husband, Walter Steensen, Sr. and her husband, Vernon Hurley; her oldest son, Walter Steensen, Jr.; her oldest daughter, Joanne Dornan; two brothers, Buck and Tom; and two sisters, Virginia and Doris. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.

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