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Mary Jeanette Hurt

Mary Jeanette Higdon-Hurt, 98, of Sedalia, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

She was born May 17, 1921 in Clifton City, the daughter of Cue A. and Daisy (Potter) Higdon.

On June 23, 1942 she was married to William Boone Hurt, who preceded her in death on December 6, 2003.

She was a graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, Central Business College, and attended Central Missouri State College and State Fair Community College.

Mary Jeanette was an active and talented musician and gave freely of her talent. Her musical education started at an early age, studying piano, violin, clarinet and vocal. She taught music in the rural schools of Pettis County for five years and also participated in many musical programs and contests, including the Missouri State Fair.

During the World War II years, while her husband was stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming she was a secretary in the Laramie County Superintendent of Schools office.

She was an active and devoted member of the Helen G. Steele Music Club for 50 plus years, where she held several offices, and chaired several committees and programs. She was also a member of the Heard Memorial Club House board, Sorosis, A.A.R.P., Daughters of the American Revolution, Compass Club, Wesley United Methodist Church, Providence Cemetery board and Golden Entertainers. She was a former member of Sedalia Country Club, Knife and Fork Club, and Sedalia Symphony Board.

She enjoyed traveling throughout forty-four U.S. States, including Hawaii, and eight foreign countries. Her interest in agriculture never ceased and she still owned part of the Higdon Century Farm. Playing Bridge, Dominoes and all card games occupied her leisure time. She also enjoyed playing Bingo at Cedarhurst.

Surviving are a son, Steven Higdon Hurt, of Sedalia; four grandchildren, Rafael Hurt, Phelipe Hurt, Jessica Mallott and Amanda Crossland; six great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Gregory and John Higdon.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, William Ewing Hurt; a brother, Cue Addison Higdon; a niece, Beverly Higdon Zimmerschied; and a nephew, Robert Higdon.

A private graveside service and burial will be at Providence Cemetery. There will be no visitation, however friends may sign the guest book from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Heckart Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Providence Cemetery Association or the Heard Memorial Club House fund.
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