Ethel M. Hurley, June 16

By on June 20, 2018

Ethel M. Hurley was born as Ethel M. Looker and widowed as Ethel Hill from her WWII US Marine first husband, Franklin Van Dyke Hill. She then was blessed with 55 years of marriage to Lawrence B. Hurley, who died in 2009. Ethel was called to glory June 16, 2018 at age 98, after a short illness.

She was born in Wertsville, NJ, completed Elementary Education in Wertsville’s two-room schoolhouse, and then graduated from Flemington HS in 1938. Ethel worked many and various jobs: as a dressmaker near Hopewell and as a clerk in a canning factory in Hopewell, NJ; during WWII at GM making wings for Navy airplanes; and she also used her math skills at Hopewell’s Savings and Loan.

For a few years, Ethel and Larry Hurley were part owners of Pep’s Inn & Village, Hawley, PA. They resided in Wertsville/Ringoes, NJ, Hopewell, NJ; Tafton, PA and final 30 Years in Myrtle Beach, SC (including a three-year extended stay in her own suite at her daughter’s home in Kitty Hawk, NC). In New Jersey, she was a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church; and became a charter member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Surfside, SC.

Ethel is survived by her only child, Barbara (nee Hill) Isler with husband Albert Isler; plus a granddaughter, Rachael; two grandsons with their wives Matthew (MaiLan) and Jacob Mark (Jessica). Also five great-grandchildren: Jacob John, Anna, Luke, Nathan, and Samuel.

A memorial service is planned for July 2, 2018 at Trinity Presbyterian Church 2061 Glenns Bay Road Surfside Beach, SC 29575. The church phone number is (843) 650-0313. Directions and confirmed service time many be found at

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at Gallop Funeral Services Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

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  • Laura green

    Barb sorry for your loss. Glad to have met your lovely mom through the years.

    Thursday, Jun 21 @ 7:39 am