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Miriam de Medicis Hurdle, 74, of Taylorsville, Miss., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at MS Care Center in Raleigh, Miss. Miriam was born on May 28, 1946, in Jackson, Miss., to James Eugene de Medicis and Arlyne Neal de Medicis. Growing up in a military family, she spent time in Virginia and Germany before returning to Jackson and graduating from Central High School.
Miriam married Noble Knowles Hurdle of Union, Miss., on March 2, 1968, in Jackson. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi later that spring.
She began her teaching career in Louisville, Miss., where she taught for one year before she and Noble moved to Taylorsville in 1969. She taught social studies and geography at Taylorsville High School for more than 30 years before retiring in 2001. One of her joys as a teacher was taking students to the Youth Legislature event every year.
Miriam was a longtime member of Taylorsville United Methodist Church, where she served as the choir director. She sat on the board of the Mid-Mississippi Development District and was a member of the Taylorsville Garden Club and Smith County Retired Teachers. She loved to spend time with her three grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Noble; her son Chris Hurdle (Michelle) of Daphne, Ala., her daughter Andrea Kandler (Cooper) of Chelsea, Ala; grandchildren Jacob Hurdle, Natalie Hurdle, and Micah Kandler; brother Gene de Medicis (Lynn) of Diamondhead, Miss., brother- and sister-in-law Albert and Gail Herrington of Meridian and sister-in-law Brenda Peck of Sand Springs, Okla.; eight nieces and nephews; and many friends, especially from the Taylorsville United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Arlyne de Medicis, and her sister, Judy de Medicis Cooley.
Graveside Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020, at 2:00 pm. at Fellowship Cemetery in Taylorsville, Mississippi. Bro. Steve McDonald will officiate. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Taylorsville is in charge of arrangements. (601) 785-6564
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Cause for Hope Cancer Ministry, Summerland Baptist Church, 80 SCR 28-4, Taylorsville, MS 39168.
Online guestbook may be signed at www.colonialchapelmageemendenhall.com
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