Velma was born Jan. 9, 1924 in Lorenzo, ID to Roland Beazer and Thelma Bills Beazer. The family home she was born in is now known as Krupp Cub Scout Hollow. After 2 years the family moved to Labell, ID and later to a nearby family dry farm in 1927 after the failure of a dam created by the 1925 Gros Ventre landslide in WY flooded their home. The family moved to Idaho Falls, ID shortly after attending her first year of school to a home on Jefferson Ave. While being raised in Idaho Falls she attended Riverside Elementary, O.E. Bell Jr. High, and graduated from Idaho Falls High School. Due to her love of music she studied the violin and became 1st chair in the school orchestra. While selling tickets for her family's miniature train in Tautphaus Park, Velma met the love of her life and future husband, Jack Hurley. After dating 3 years they were wed Feb. 19, 1942 in Rantoul, Illinois where Jack was stationed in the US Army Air Force training camp. Velma eventually returned to Idaho Falls to live during Jack's deployment to a B17 airbase in England during WWII. After returning home from the war, Jack and Velma built a home on a bluff overlooking the Snake River where they lived and raised their 4 children until she moved into Lincoln Court in 2014. There she discovered old friends and developed new ones. She was voted resident of the month just prior to her passing. She attended Clark Business College and took a job at Valley Glass where she became their business manager. She then become employed at Roger Brothers as an accountant, she was promoted to Accounting Supervisor and later Accounting Division Manager over several areas after Basic American Products purchased the company. Velma retired from Basic American in 1979. She and Jack enjoyed retirement years between their Idaho Falls home, Yuma, AZ, and their vacation home in Irwin, ID. Velma had many interests, including boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, playing bridge and enjoying most every sport on TV. She enjoyed the computer and the internet where she spent much of her time emailing friends and family, and playing free cell when she wasn't building puzzles. She and Jack were long time members of the Snake River Boat Club and spent many summers at the Palisades club.
Survivors include son Gordon (Dianna), daughter, Patricia (Lee) Swindel, son Dale, daughter Corinne (Scott) Laurence, and brother Garald Beazer, 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her husband, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 1 grandchild, and one great grandchild.
A graveside service will be held Sept. 22 at 12:00 pm in Fielding Memorial Park, Idaho Falls followed by a Celebration of Life at the Hilton Graden Inn, 700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID, 1-3 PM. Velma requested that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Idaho Falls Senior Citizens. The family is grateful for the compassion and kindness shown to mom by the Lincoln Court care providers. Online condolences can be made at www.buckmillerhann.com.Velma Beazer Hurley, 94 of Idaho Falls, passed away Sept. 15, 2018, at Lincoln Court Assisted Living Community.
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018