|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1921|
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 1995|
Victim of the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Dr. Hurlburt was born in Africa to American Missionaries. He was a retired profressor from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Anna Jean, were active in their Baptist church. Dr. Hurlburt was in the Social Security office in the Murrah Building when the bomb went off. His wife was also killed.
He left behind four daughters, four sons-in-law, and nine grandchildren. He was 73 years old.
Dr. Charles E., 73, and Anna Jean Hurlburt, 67, of OKC; parents of Barbie Trent of Harrah, Sherry Elliott of Temple, TX; and Dawn Barber and Betty Palmer, both of Birmingham, AL; Charles was a retired professor and director of dental radiology at OU Health Sciences Center in OKC; Jean, a semi-retired RN at Deaconess Hospital; the couple was checking on retirement benefits at the Social Security Administration.
Charles and Jean Hurlburt were active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City; they both sang in the choir, Charles taught Sunday school, Jean played the band bells, and both were on the missions board. Their lives centered around their faith, said daughter Sherry Elliott.
Jean, a nurse at Deaconess for more than 20 years, struck up friendships with everyone from the aides to orderlies, patients to cleaning crew. Many a day she clocked out only to return to console a patient or talk with a co-worker. "She loved her patients," Sherry Elliott and Barbie Trent echoed.
Charles and Jean met at Wheaton College in Illinois; later they spent 5 years as medical missionaries in Africa, then lived in Illinois and Alabama before settling down in OKC with their 4 daughters.
When Charles retired a while back, jean got him interested in cake decorating. Together, the two made countless cakes for friends, co-workers, and grandchildren. "He actually got better than her," said daughter Dawn Barber. Besides reading and studying, Charles had few hobbies, but his wife dabbled in china painting and gardening and anything else that caught her fancy. "She was always looking for new things to learn," said Sherry. "They were people who looked for the fun," added daughter Betty Palmer. "They made life fun."
The sisters remember family camping trips as children (their mother's one stipulation: "Every third day in a hotel," said Betty). In recent years, with their daughters grown, the couple had taken bus tours to Canada and the East Coast, as well as a trip to Israel. Charles was appointed an OU professor emeritus in 1991; this year, Jean had recently been named Deaconess Hospital's Nurse of the Year.
Published in the Oklahoma Today magazine, Winter 1996 issue.
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Anna Jean Nutting Hurlburt (1927 - 1995)*
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