Anne Elizabeth Hurne
Anne Elizabeth Hurne, 95, formerly of Ramsey, New Jersey, passed away at 8:05 p.m. on June 30, 2016 at Illini Heritage Rehab and Health Care, Champaign, Illinois. Anne was cremated per her wishes.
Anne was born on July 3, 1920, in Paterson, N.J., the daughter of John Fox and Anna (Byelchik) Fox. She graduated as salutatorian from Ramsey High School in 1938 and married Edward Donald (Don) Hurne on May 14, 1949. They moved to Ramsey in 1951, where she resided until 2009 when she moved to Champaign to be near family.
Survivors include a sister Eleanor Fox of New York City and brother Daniel Fox of New York State; her daughter Judith (Jeff) Moll of Champaign; four grandchildren Kristen (Derrick) White of Camargo, Ill., Vanessa Moll (Phalakorn Khabualoi) of Khon Kaen, Thailand, Chandra Moll of Champaign and David Burry of Washington State; two great-grandchildren Riley and Chase White; cousins Dorothy Fox Staada of Pennsylvania, Joseph Fox of Florida and Thomas Fox of Colorado; and nieces and nephews.
Apart from her husband Don of 55 years, Anne was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Barbara Burry; brothers John, Alfred and Joseph Fox; and sisters Jessie Otto, Susan Asbury and Ruth (George surviving) Doyle.
Anne was employed as a typist for Curtiss-Wright Corporation (1942-1947) and held bookkeeper and secretarial positions between 1945 and 1950 when Barbara was born. She returned to work as Jacob Salt's secretary in 1966, then worked in sales for B. Altman & Co. and for Lord & Taylor in Paramus, N.J. (1967-1975). She worked briefly for the Ramsey school district.
An unassuming environmentalist, Anne stopped using insecticides in gardening, rode her bicycle or buses as transportation, picked up litter while walking, helped to prevent the extension of her quiet street, and personally instigated efforts to protect Ramsey's drinking and groundwater from pollution.
Anne demonstrated creativity in writing a bookkeeping program on an early computer, sewing clothes and other items and remodeling her home. She was creative and generous with gifts for family members, in sewing a wedding gown for her sister Ruth and clothes for grandchildren, and in preparing food for family reunions that she organized.
Anne regularly donated to the Ramsey Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department, Ramsey Volunteer Rescue Squad and several veterans' organizations. Finally, she cared for her husband Don throughout all stages of his Alzheimer's disease.
Her family wishes to acknowledge the loving care provided to Anne in her final years by Illini Heritage Rehab and Health Care, Champaign.
A celebration of Anne's life will be held on Sunday, December 18 at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Visitation will be followed by time for sharing memories between 3:15 and 4:00. Further memories can be shared at www.heathandvaughn.com
Memorial tributes can be made to an organization of the donor's choice.
Further Memories can be shared at www.HeathandVaughn.com.