The Woodward News

February 19, 2014

Wanda E. Hurst

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 21, 2014


Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. —

Wanda E. Hurst, 87 year old Woodward resident, died Sunday, February 16, 2014 at her home in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Faith United Church with the Reverend Charlie Baumann officiating. Interment will be in the Debolt Cemetery in Arnett at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Wanda Elizabeth Fitch was born on November 17, 1926 in Packsaddle, Oklahoma, the oldest child of Earl Franklin and Hazel Ada Pearl (Heinsohn) Fitch. Her brother and sisters were Juanita, who at the age of four died in a house fire after 17 days in the hospital, Wilbur who was killed on an oil rig in the 1960's and Thelma who is the only surviving child of Frank and Hazel. Wanda attended the Packsaddle School and she later attended school in Arnett. During her high school years Wanda lived with the Chamberlin family in Arnett so she could attend school. She graduated from Arnett High School in 1945.

Wanda was united in marriage to Ralph Huff on January 19, 1946 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Tulsa and Wanda worked for Westinghouse as a Secretary. The family moved to Redmond, Oregon in 1950. Wanda worked for an accounting firm as Secretary Ralph unexpectedly died in 1960 and she had to decide wether to stay in Oregon or move back to Oklahoma to be closer to family. With much prayer and guidance from the good Lord, Wanda and Roger moved back to Arnett and lived with her parents south of Arnett. After a period of time she moved into town.

Wanda was united in marriage to Cash Hurst on November 17, 1961 in Woodward, Oklahoma. They made their home in Woodward and Wanda worked for the COOP Elevator until she developed neck problems and had to quit. In 1986, she was instrumental in helping her son, Roger with the opening of Comfort Zone. Wanda did the books, answered the phone and whatever was needed. She retired in 2010. Cash preceded her in death in 1994.

Wanda enjoyed dancing, gardening, she was quite the “Green Thumb” and most of all she loved being with her family. In the early 2000's she became very close to Henry Samersaw and they spent a lot of time together traveling.

She is survived by her son Roger Huff and wife Linda of Woodward; one daughter Delaine Cortum of Newcastle; one sister, Thelma Boughan and husband Buck of Higgins, Texas; six grandchildren, Lisa McComb of Austin, Texas, Leland Cortum of Blanchard, Todd Thompson and wife Misty of Woodward, Christy Buckmaster and husband Eric of Woodward, R.J. Huff of Woodward, Jesse Huff of Woodward; six precious great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Ralph Huff, Cash Hurst and special friend, Henry Samersaw, one brother Wilbur Fitch and one sister Juanita Fitch.

Memorials may be made to the Torticolis Foundation with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com