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Eunice H Hurst

March 4, 1931 — December 22, 2021

Eunice H Hurst



On March 4, 1931, Eunice "Dandy" was born to the late Daniel and Fannie Potter. On Wednesday, December 22, 2021, Eunice Harriet Potter Hurst transitioned to be with her Lord at ninety years of age.

Educated in the Harrisburg Public School System, Eunice graduated from the former William Penn High School, Class of 1949, where she excelled in basketball. After high school, she became employed with the Federal Government as a Data Processing Operator in the Bureau of Finance. After over 30 years of service, Eunice chose to take early retirement when her job moved to Maryland. Early in her retirement, her godson asked her to help in his Carlisle facility by becoming a Part-Time Cook. This request led to multiple part-time cook positions within Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc.

Eunice and Allen (Bruce) were joined in matrimony on August 2, 1952, and blessed to share over fifty-five years before Allen's death.

Eunice was a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church since a child. She was a past member of the Sanctuary Choir, Stewardess Board A Emeritus, and Autrey Gould Clements Missionary Society. She and Johninne Johnson were often found in the kitchen cooking for Bethel's Men's Day and riding the bus to Annual Conference with her nieces, Vivienne Elby- Bowers and Dawn Johnson. It is a fact that there are three topics you cannot bring up to her negatively, Bethel Church/Rev.T.S. Clements, Harrisburg City School District/Cougars, H. Major Poteat, and ARC/Daniel P. Elby.

"Potts," as she was affectionately called by her young nieces, nephews, and grandson Lance's friends, was an avid Harrisburg Cougar Fan.

She stepped in as the President of the Cougar Club in its second year. She was a champion of the students and was a vocal attendee at the school board meetings. She often had the ear of Dr. Flynn (Harrisburg School District), Tom Connelly Sr., former President of Harrisburg School Board, and Harold Dunbar, former President of Harrisburg School Board. She was a volunteer cheerleader and band front advisor. Her opinion was well respected throughout her church, the school district, and community. She was a foster parent to many youth. She gave hope to the hopeless. She was the unofficial "Mother of Harrisburg." She opened her heart and home to all; she loved and accepted everyone.

Eunice was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Fannie Potter; brothers, Arthur Potter and Walter Potter; sisters, Vivienne Elby, Margaret Potter, Clara White, Nancy Flynn, Doris Pierce, and Joan Giddings; grandson, Lance Hurst.

She leaves to cherish her memory; children, Allen Hurst, Sr. (Dahl) of Sugar Land, TX, Kevin Hurst, of Pittsburgh, PA, JoAnn Potter-Taylor, Kim Hurst, and Gary Hurst, Sr., of Harrisburg, PA; grandchildren, Andrea Taylor-Cook (Kevin), Kendra Hurst, Corry Matthews, Shawn Strawn (Theresa), Tonita Brannon, Detrail Williams (Tyeesha), Kevin Porter-Hurst, Deon Hurst, Janai Hurst, Gary Hurst, Jr. of Harrisburg, PA, Michael Rutledge II and Aleah Hurst of Houston, TX; twenty-four great-grandchildren; sixteen great-great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Ford of Harrisburg, PA, sisters-in-law, Jean Hurst-Ward of California and Phyllis Hurst-Hale, Rochester, NY; godchildren, Daniel P. Elby of York, PA, Jack Hurst, Todd Dunlap, Trye Bonner of Harrisburg, PA and Scott Mayo of California; honorary godson, Johnny Johnson; a special cousin, Barbara Chester Johnson; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family, and friends.

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