Claribel ‘Lindy’ Lindholm Hurd


Lindy Hurd passed away on March 5, 2021, in Alamogordo, N.M. She was born on Sept. 3, 1928, and grew up in Cheney, one of eight children of Ernest Lindholm and Nora Borror Lindholm. During her high school years, she met and fell in love with Robert (Bob) Hurd, whom she wed on Feb. 3, 1951. They were happily married for 68 years, during which time they had five children, Bobby, Jr. (deceased), Mike, Greg (deceased), Susan and Carol. Their family also included seven grandchildren, Emily, Nora, Jonathan, Ryan, Shondra, Isabel and Abigail.

Lindy completed college at Kansas State University in 1950 and worked as a teacher in Kansas. During Bob’s years in the military (1951-1971), she worked hard to make her home a warm and welcoming place for family and friends. Later, she worked in the United Methodist Church in Manhattan, Kan. In 1977, Lindy, Bob and the younger members of the household moved to Alamogordo, where Bob worked as a veterinarian. Lindy went to New Mexico State University and got a master’s degree in nutrition in 1980. Afterward, she worked as a dietary consultant and taught nutrition at the Alamogordo branch of NMSU, where she experienced the joy of interacting with her students.

Lindy spent her life selflessly filling the hearts and lives of others with kindness and love. Following her retirement from teaching, she dedicated herself to volunteer work, helping the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and driving people to out-of-town medical appointments. She also welcomed visitors to the Tularosa Basin Museum of History and the New Mexico Museum of Space History, where her enthusiasm for everything related to space made her an eager guide. Only at the end of her life did she regretfully abandon her volunteer work. In her final year, an excellent team of local caregivers enriched her life enormously, giving much comfort and support to her children.

In addition to her volunteer work and her work in the home, she was a passionate bridge player. She also had a lifelong fondness of swimming and travel, a passion she was able to indulge fully when Bob retired from his veterinary practice. She was an active member of PEO, the Grace Methodist Church and, following Bob’s death in 2019, the Friday Night Posse (a group for widows and widowers). The day never properly began until she completed the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper, finishing her last one just two days before she passed away.

Friends who would like to make a memorial donation may contribute to the Gregory S. Hurd Memorial Scholarship for architecture students at Kansas State University. Checks should be made out to the KSU Foundation, including a mention of the Gregory S. Hurd Memorial Scholarship Fund P71750, and mailed to: KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave. Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502.