|Eleanor Grace Askey was born on October 13, 1908, in Bronx, New York. She attended Crawford Memorial Methodist Church in Bronx, New York, where Albert S. Hurley was the pastor. They were married in this church on July 29, 1933. After their marriage, the Hurleys would serve Crawford Memorial for eleven more years.
Dr. Hurley transferred to the Louisiana Conference and became the pastor at Houma (1943-49). Eleanor adjusted well to the South. After Houma, the Hurleys served Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans (1949-56), First Church, Franklin (1956-63), St. Paul in Harahan (1963-67), and Parker Memorial in New Orleans (1967-74). Dr. Hurley retired in 1974, and the Hurleys returned to Franklin to live in a new home built jointly by the Retired Ministers Home Board and the Franklin church.
Dr. Hurley died in 1995, and Mrs. Hurley remained in Franklin. She died on July 1, 2000. After a service in Franklin, Louisiana, she was buried in Franklin, Texas, next to Dr. Hurley.Mrs. Hurley loved people and had many friends from former churches as well as in New York. She enjoyed the holidays entertaining a houseful of friends for a full course meal. She loved music and going to concerts. She played piano and organ and directed many children’s choirs. She also loved to travel, and the Hurleys covered all but three of the states. She would describe every shape, size and color to Dr. Hurley, who was vision impaired. Through her eyes, he saw his world. For her, helping Dr. Hurley was part of her calling in God’s world.
Besides devoting herself to Dr. Hurley and his ministry, she was active in United Methodist Women Groups and Garden Clubs. She lived a full life, was a pleasant person, and a learner after her Christ.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2001, p. 255 By Marguerite Robinson and Burton F. Blair|