Elizabeth K. "Betsy" Hurst

Date of Death: 9/9/2019

Elizabeth K. “Betsy” Hurst

Jan. 7, 1950 - Sept. 9, 2019

Elizabeth K. “Betsy” Hurst, 69, of Hollidaysburg, PA, passed away September 9, 2019, at her residence following an extended illness.  Well-known for her leadership in the Hollidaysburg non-profit community, she was the Executive Director of the Blair County Respiratory Disease Society for more than 30 years.

Born in  Philadelphia, Betsy was the daughter of the late Dr. John W. Hurst, M.D., and Esther (Nearhoof) Hurst.

On May 26, 2001, she married Joseph W. Risbon at Chimney Rocks in Hollidaysburg.

She is survived by her husband, Joe as well as two stepdaughters, Stephanie Risbon of Durham, NC, and Valerie Lingle and husband Terry of Spring Mills, PA.  She is also survived by her brother Terrence Hurst Sr. and his wife Janet (Weston) of New Braunfels, Texas, and her brother John W. Hurst of Gastonia, NC.  She leaves behind a niece, Erin (Hurst) Vollberg, and her husband Joe and daughter Autumn of Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a nephew, Terrence Hurst Jr., and his wife Kristy and children Ryan and Wyatt of New Braunfels.  She was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Donald J. Hurst.

Betsy was a 1967 graduate of Altoona High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.  A member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Hollidaysburg, she was an active supporter of Operation Our Town, Girls Night Out Altoona Inc., The Griffith Family Foundation, The Pittsburgh SIDS Group and numerous other organizations.

We hope that Betsy’s many friends and colleagues will join the family at her memorial service, Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Hollidaysburg.

The family requests that donations in Betsy’s memory be made to Operation Our Town, 5508 6th Avenue, rear, Altoona, PA 16602, or Girls Night Out Altoona Inc., 1798 Plank Rd Ste 303, Duncansville, PA 16635, or The Griffith Family Foundation, PO Box 28, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

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