Frances Downing Hurst

Frances Downing Hurst, 103, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

She was born on February 17, 1918 in Burgess, Virginia, where she lived her entire life. She was very athletic and loved all sports but particularly baseball. She graduated from Mary Washington College and immediately returned to Northumberland County where she began a career as a teacher that spanned over 40 years.

She was a lifelong member of Fairfields United Methodist Church in Burgess for 94 years, eclipsing the record previously held by her sister Betty Covington, who preceded her in death and also taught in the Northumberland County School System for over 40 years. Frances and Betty were both extremely devoted to the church and the students of Northumberland County, and established a scholarship fund that is managed by the church called the Covington-Hurst Scholarship Fund.

She was a member of the Northumberland County Historical Society, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Confederacy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll W. Hurst, Jr. She is survived by her son, Carroll D. Hurst, and his wife Robin, granddaughters Meredith Hurst Marschke and Lauren Hurst Glazier and their husbands Ken and Thomas, and great grandchildren Henry Carter Marschke and Lillian Downing Glazier.

A funeral service was held at Fairfields United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 2021, with interment following at Roseland Cemetery in Reedville. The family received friends at Fairfields United Methodist Church at 9 a.m. Saturday. The service will be streamed on Facebook at

Memorial donations may be made to either the Covington-Hurst Scholarship Fund, c/o Fairfields United Methodist Church, 14741 Northumberland Highway, Burgess, VA 22432, or to Fairfields United Methodist Church.