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Martha Hurst

February 20, 1950 — May 7, 2023

Hot Springs

Martha Hurst


Martha Hurst, age 73, of Hot Springs, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2023.


She was born on February 20, 1950, in Port Arthur, Texas, the daughter of John W. Laufenberg and Marjorie Borel Laufenberg.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one stepson, Brian Hurst; and one brother-in-law, Mark Snelgrove.


Martha was a teacher.  She taught special education and also 6th grade in Bosueville, Texas, then after moving to Hot Springs she worked for First Step Schools for 25 years as the adult program coordinator.  She had a big personality and was always happy and had a way of letting people know she loved and cared for them deeply.  She was loved by so many and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.


She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Rodney Hurst; two sons, Shane Christian and Noah Hurst; her brother and sister-in-law, John and Kathy Laufenberg of Cranford, Texas; her sister Melinda Snelgrove of Lexington, South Carolina; nieces, nephews and their families.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM, Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the Lowe Cemetery Pavilion, Royal with interment to follow.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home, Hot Springs

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Thursday, May 11, 2023

3:00 - 4:00pm (Central time)

Lowe Cemetery

Royal, AR 71968

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