Eva “Ann” Mason Hurt was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world suddenly on November 24, 2021 at the age of 88. She was born to Joseph Clark and Mildred Combs Mason on October 17, 1933 in Abingdon, Virginia. Ann grew up on the family dairy farm in Abingdon with brothers, Joseph (Joe), William (Bill), and sister, Rebecca (Becky). Their family tended cattle, chickens, pigs, horses, extensive vegetable gardens including corn, and tobacco fields. She met her future husband, Fred Hurt at church, at two years of age and he, at the age of six. She and Fred both attended Wallace School, where Fred’s parents, Edgar and Grace Ball Hurt, were the principal and teacher. As children, Fred was astounded by Ann’s baseball skills. He repeated the story often of her getting his attention while hitting numerous home runs over his head. They also attended the same church, Wallace Methodist Church. After graduating from high school, Ann married Fred, and they spent their honeymoon night on a train to Baltimore, Maryland. They resided in Maryland for the rest of their days and together, had three daughters: Elizabeth (Libby), Deborah (Debby) and Susan. They were married for a total of 69 years and 6 months when Fred died in December of 2020.
Ann was a loving mother, who took care of us through many childhood illnesses, and was always there to nurture us. As adults she became our best friend and was always available to talk or help with our children. She was the glue that kept the family together and is greatly missed by all of us.
Ann loved spending time in the garden growing vegetables and beautiful flowers, doing craft projects, and creating delicious meals in the kitchen for her family and friends. After her daughters were in school, Ann worked for over 25 years as a floral designer at Wilhide’s Flowers in Ellicott City, Maryland. Fred and Ann were both active in their church communities and made many enduring friendships there. She was so kind to everyone, had a great sense of humor, was always busy taking care of people, making things or preparing food. Her sons-in-law affectionately called her the “Energizer Bunny” because she had a motor that never stopped running. She was always on the go and busy doing things. She enjoyed keeping her sons-in-law on their toes, ribbing and teasing them often. For the last several years, Ann suffered a slow gradual decline due to Alzheimer’s. We still saw flashes of her personality every now and then. It was like the sun breaking through the clouds.
In the last year of her life, Ann survived Covid, lost her beloved husband to Covid, moved to a different assisted living facility, and survived a pacemaker failure.
Ann is survived by her sister, three daughters, seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.