In memory of

DeEtta Hurt, age 62, of East Helena

March 3, 1957 – January 13, 2020

DeEtta Marie Seeberger Hurt, 62, passed away January 13, 2020, at VA Fort Harrison.

DeEtta was born March 3, 1957, in Glendive, MT to Elizabeth (Betty) Morgan and Martin Seeberger. She grew up in Glendive and graduated from Dawson County High School in 1975.

DeEtta married the love of her life, Eugene Floyd Hurt Jr., March 26, 1977, in Glendive, MT.

DeEtta graduated from Montana State University (GO GRIZ!) with a Bachelors of Nursing Science RN, BSN with a minor in Human Development in 1996. Gene and DeEtta moved their family to Helena, MT for work at VA Fort Harrison, where she worked for 22 years. She loved being a nurse. She was very passionate about her job. She was well known and loved by our veterans and her coworkers. She always went above and beyond.

DeEtta’s interests included gardening (she was an expert with a rototiller), reading, watching her children and grandchildren play sports, garage sales, shopping, and all of the many animals she had. She loved a Saturday morning filled with coffee and conversation. She loved her family and friends dearly and spoiled her grandchildren regularly.

DeEtta is survived by her daughters, LeeAnn Hurt, Ashley Hurt, and LaRae Hurt; Stepson, Russel Hurt; Grandchildren, Braten, Landon, Charlie, Cameron, Elizabeth, Jacquelynn, Olivia, and Kassidy; sister, Sharon Wetsch (Duane); brothers, David Seeberger (Kim), Paul Seeberger (Deborah), John Seeberger (Sally).

DeEtta was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Floyd Hurt Jr.; grandson, Colby Hurt; and parents Elizabeth and Martin Seeberger.

A memorial service will take place 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 28 , 2020 at Fort Harrison at the Helena Armed Forces Reserve Center,  Mt. Majo St.  A reception will follow the service in the fire hall at the Fort Harrison Hospital Complex.

Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of DeEtta.


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  1. Dan Reeser says

    DeEtta was a wonderful nurse and coworker. Above all else, she was kind, sweet, and patient. She will always be remembered and always missed.

  2. Susan Gobbs says

    It takes a village to raise our kids and DeEtta was part of Abby’s auxiliary Moms. She stepped in when we were out of town and provided another adult voice when one was needed. Her loss can’t be underestimated to her family and her work family at Fort Harrison. Hugs sent to her girls and grands!

  3. I really enjoyed the time I spent talking with your mom trying to keep you girls out of trouble in High School (So yes we talked quiet a bit) Later we got to talk about all of the great things you have done. I will miss our chats and hope we can keep up with you girls. You will be in our thoughts and prayers
    Liz and Jim Barker

  4. Dixie Knapp Warner says

    My memories of DeEtta from grade school and on have been and will always be a treasure. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, came in contact with and had the pleasure to experience her laugh, smile and playfulness. Rest in peace.

  5. Seeberger Family says

    From the Seeberger siblings
    Dear LaRae, Ashley, LeAnn and families,
    We are all so sorry you just lost your mom DeEtta.
    It was obvious how much she loved all of you and we can only imagine how much you will all miss her as a mom and grandmother too.
    We would all like to participate in a memorial for her this summer and for now want you to know we are thinking of you and sending our most sincere sympathy and prayers.
    John(Sally) Sharon(Duane) David(Kim) Paul(Deborah)
    A GoFundMe donation has been sent to help at this difficult time.

  6. Loreen Skinner says

    To my beautiful, kind, caring friend I will so miss you! There are people in this world and then there are angels. You my friend were an angel, you came, you gave and you conquered a difficult life with grace, love and resilience. You were quiet in your struggles but always triumphed with your smiles, kindness and perseverance. My admiration for you is endless and your inner strength was more than impressive. You were a Godly woman, a woman of character, loyalty and faith. You loved like no other and gave your family your all. You were born to give and take nothing back in return. Your heart was so good, I didn’t get the last word in so I know you are still with us. Please know I love you forever and will see you again someday with open arms. This earth will miss your kindness, strength and presence to family. Goodbye dear friend, please give Gene Bean a huge for me, I miss him too.

  7. Lisa Jewett says

    Hurt family, I am so so sorry for your loss. I know DeEtta loved her family so much….I will miss her smile around the office and our little visits. She was great to work with and passionate about her job! I sincerely hope you all are doing well.

  8. I remember playing dress up. And wearing mc hammer pants and looking ridiculous…. and making ur mom take us to the store with her… dressed in our best. Lol…. I’m sorry u lady’s are going through this… my prayers are with u and ur family!!!

  9. Offering condolences, prayers for comfort, and heart hugs to all the Hurt families.

  10. Marie Francis says

    A sweet Angel has spread her wings. What an amazing Lady.

  11. Gone to soon! High school was fun and I have memories of classes with you. You got your wings to young.

  12. Theresa King says

    My Dear friend DeEtta, I will miss her. Her warm heart and her infectious smile is something I will never forget. She loved being a nurse, but most of all, being a Mom and a Grandma. She worshiped everyone of you. I remember all of her pictures of her family hung up in her cubicle and how proud she was of each of you. May your memories of her live in your hearts and never forget the abundance of love she had in hers for each of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Anne Marie Hurt says

    May your memories comfort you all in the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Heaven is blessed with another angel.

  14. Jennie kissinger says

    I only knew her for a short time, but she made me feel welcome and her kindness was so very real. She had a Sweet spirit about her that made you smile. She was such an inspiration of strength. She never had a unkind word. She loved serving our veterans. Her desk where she worked will always have an emptiness no one can fill. I appreciate all her advise she sincerely gave. I will miss her greatly. I pray for her family to have strength and peace in this time of sorrow. You’re mother was an example to us all.

  15. Anita Job Spencer says

    One of the sweetest people I have ever known! I remember her long hair and smile in school.

  16. I didn’t ever have the pleasure of meeting your mom, but if she is anything like you ladies, Im sure she was full of sass and energy and giving of her gifts all in need. Wishing you peace and joy in the memories.





  19. Ivey Vandermissen says

    I worked closely with Deetta and over the last couple of years we became friends. She was such a joy. She was kind, caring, and extremely compassionate. I will miss her very much.

  20. Susan Geubtner says

    DeEtta was a wonderful caring lady. She was always there to assist others. Losing her is huge.

  21. Such fun memories of school and growing up in Glendive. Your smile and joy will always be remembered.
    Blessings to all who are still earth bound. Reunions someday will be sweet!

  22. Donita Mariegard says

    I worked with DeEtta, and I’m so sorry for her loss. I appreciated the kindness and care she put into everything she did. My prayers and condolences to her family.

  23. Richard Radcliffe says

    I worked with DeEtta for many years she will be missed dearly she treated everyone with respect she will be dearly missed by the veterans co workers and families Rest In Peace you will be missed

  24. Ida Seeberger Vessel says

    I am the oldest of DeEtta’s first cousin. It is a shock to me and my siblings to learn of her death. The weather is an impediment to come from Minnesota. Please know we hold your family in prayer and hope we have an opportunity later this year to share memories of your mother.

  25. Judy Levin says

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. DeEtta was a great nurse, mom, and wife. I worked with her for years. Prayers and hugs for the family.

  26. Donna Seeberger Stier says

    DeEtta is my cousin, and I was chosen to be her God Mother, with great joy! We were not close as always separated by miles, but she was always in my prayers and will continue being there. My wish for her is knowing the joy of Heaven and Christ’s love.

  27. Darryl and SuzAnne Severson says

    I walked into DeEttas home a total stranger about 20 months ago and left 7 months later feeling totally part of her family. DeEtta opened her home to me as though I was family from day one. I knew Gene for 25 years or more, meeting him when we both worked in the oil field in northeastern Montana back in the early eighties. My mom has passed and DeEtta became like a second mom to my wife and we all helped each other through trying times with Colbys passing. Im really sad I didnt make it back up there before now DeEtta was a Angel in this world. To her daughters and grand children you all became a part of our life also and we have much love for all of you. GOD BLESS SINCERELY Darryl and SuzAnne Severson

  28. Cherie Mitchell says

    My condolences to the Hurt family. De Etta took me under her wing when I started at VA. She was a mentor, a dear friend and a wonderful light in life. I will continue to think of her with a smile. DeEtta will remain a shining light in my memory.

  29. Ashley, LeeAnn, and family-
    I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. I hope you can find some comfort and peace. I’ll definitely be thinking of you ladies and sending my love your way.

  30. Kelly weber says

    DeEtta was a wonderful nurse. She could always get an IV started when no one else could. She always had a great smile and a warm calming voice. She loved you kids dearly I am so sorry for all your losses.

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