Hope went home to be with the Lord, on Lordís Day, September 21, 2014 at Belvedere Heights, Parry Sound, after a courageous battle with ALS. She was 80 years old.
Beloved daughter of the late Clayton and Sylvia Hurlbut. Loving sister of Myrtle, Ian (Grace) and Peter. Loving Aunt of David (Cindy), Martha (Paul Robert), Dan (Ana), Tim and Deb (Don Chevalier), Lisa (Patrick Mbewu), Gavin (Cassie) and Rebecca (Tim Kaiser). Grandnieces and grandnephews: Marcus, Hannah, Caleb, Jennifer, Emily, Bethany, Matthew, Cheryl, Shawn, Dylan, Julia, Aleesha, Victoria, Ashley, Kyle and Vanessa.
Even though Hope was born and raised in Ontario, she spent most of her life in Southeast Asia, mainly Hong Kong, Sabah and the Philippines. She began her life work as a nurse in Toronto, then moved to Hong Kong and worked as a teacher. While as a nurse in a remote jungle clinic at Mile 86 in Sabah (this means 86 miles inland from the nearest city on the coast), she was encouraged to translate the Bible into the local language. She spent over 20 years working on the New Testament, from the early seventies to the mid-nineties. Eventually she finished the translation of the New Testament as a member of SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics). The last years of her life were mainly spent in survey work in preparation for translation of the Scriptures into languages that still did not have the Word of God in their own tongue. Final surveys completed were of sign languages in various countries in Southeast Asia. Hope will be greatly missed by her many friends and colleagues of Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL.
Family and friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 81 James Street, Parry Sound (705-746-5855), on Friday, September 26th, from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M., and on Saturday, September 27th, from 10:00 - 11:45 A.M.
Refreshments to follow.
Funeral Service will take place in the Logan Memorial Chapel, on Saturday, September 27th, at 1:00 P.M. Interment Humphrey-Conger Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Bible Society, Deaf Missions, or the ALS Society of Ontario would be appreciated.
Absent from the body; Present with the Lord