April 6, 2021
Janice Lou Bidwell Hurd, age 84, of Marysville, went home to be with her Lord, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Memorial Gables. She retired from Memorial Hospital of Union County where she served for 27 years in the radiology department. As a longtime x-ray technician, Janice was the “pioneer” associate to operate the hospital’s new CAT scan unit during the 1980s. A 1954 graduate and valedictorian of Plain City High School, she received her radiology training from The Ohio State University, where she met her husband of 63 years and the love of her life, Tom. She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville where she taught kindergarten Sunday school for 25 years and sang in the choir. She also served the church as a Deacon. A more than 50-year breast cancer survivor, she lived with great humility regarding her cancer- the same way she carried herself with all her loving deeds for others. She was a member of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Twig 7. A “woman of Proverbs 31,” her kindness, gentleness, bright demeanor, and hospitality was felt by scores of friends and family. She served as “everybody’s cheerleader,” and attended countless athletic events, band competitions, community cultural events, vocal and stage presentations and even Columbus Clippers games. She always enjoyed participating in the hospital’s Hi Fever Follies. Janice enjoyed entering projects for judging at the Union County Fair. With her love for animals, she was deeply devoted to the Union County Humane Society. She was an advocate for the society’s animals by assembling advertisements and posters with photos of adoptable pets. With family as her ultimate love, she enjoyed family travels to Myrtle Beach, taking camping trips (as a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association- N.C.H.A.) and spending time at Heart of Ohio Fish and Game Club. Janice cherished many specials day trips and jaunts with her husband in her very own 1929 Model A Ford named “Henry.” She loved riding in her historic automobile during parades while throwing out candy and dog biscuits to paradegoers. She was born November 14, 1936 in Plain City. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel M. Smith Bidwell; her father and stepmother, Kenneth R. and Geneva Bidwell; her brother, Jerry L. Bidwell; aunts and uncles, Harold and Kathryn Bidwell, Jane and Eldon Anderson, Elsie and Roger Wilcox, and Arthur Schaeffer; her special aunt, Juanita Schaeffer; her step-grandmother Zelda Bidwell; and her father-and mother-in-law, Gene and Florence K. Hurd. She is survived by her husband, Thomas G. Hurd, whom she married March 16, 1958 at Plain City United Methodist Church; her daughters, Molly Barker and Lori (Todd) Disbennett, both of Marysville; her grandchildren, Matthew (Amber) Barker, Michael (Natalie) Barker, Dr. William (Ashley) Burns and Lisa Burns and her fiancée, Doug Lautzenheiser; her step-grandson, Alex Disbennett; her great-grandchildren, Scarlett, Lucy and Madelyn Barker and Liam, Lilly and Lila Burns; many cousins and other relatives and friends, including Patricia Edwards and a special friend and aide, Cecilia “CeCe” Huddleston. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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