Obituary of Beverley F. Hurst
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Beverley Mae (Fish) Hurst, 82, of Cazenovia formerly of Getzville, New York passed away Monday, May 23, 2022 at Crouse Community Center in Morrisville. She was born August 18, 1939 in Bradford, Pennsylvania to Bertha and James Fish Sr. Beverley was a graduate of Houghton College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo with her Master’s degree in Music Education. She was an elementary school music teacher for the Ellicottville Central School and retired from the Clarence Center Elementary School where she was employed for over 25 years. Upon her retirement, she resumed teaching part-time with St. Peter’s Lutheran School.
Music was a central part of Beverley’s identity. Not only was she a professional musician, but she shared her passion with her family. She started teaching her daughters piano as soon as they turned three years old. She sang with her husband and daughters in four-part harmony on road trips and her family sang grace together before every dinner.
Beverley was an avid reader of mysteries. She owned and read the entire collection of Agatha Christie mysteries. When she finished those, she spent several years reading from the mystery section of the library in alphabetical order by author. She made it all the way to the M’s!
Beverley was a longtime member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Snyder, NY and she volunteered at the Clearfield Branch Library. In her free time, Beverley enjoyed gardening, singing, sewing, reading and was a collector of music boxes and frog figurines.
She is survived by her daughters, Deanna (Tim) McCay of Cazenovia and Melanie Tuxbury of Schenectady; her brother, James (Sharon) Fish, Jr. of Waterford, PA; her sister, Cynthia Chapman of Gasport, NY; four grandchildren, Mary McCay, Thomas McCay, Nina Tuxbury and Ella Tuxbury; seven nieces and two nephews. In addition to her parents, Beverley was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Glenn Franklin Hurst and by her brother, Bruce Fish.
Private graveside services will be held in Green Cemetery in Great Valley, NY. Contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Rd., Buffalo, NY 14226 or to the Clearfield Branch Library, 770 Hopkins Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221. Condolences for the family may be left at www.michaelebrownfuneralservices.com