Caralee Hursey


June 25th

Caralee Joan Hursey, 91 of Cromwell, IN, left this life on June 22, 2024, with the love, support, and prayers of family and friends.  She was born on November 24,1932 to Clint Ott and Edna (Harlan).

Caralee was preceded in death by her husband, Dwayne William “Bill” Hursey, her 3 sons: Clint, Harlan, and Tim Hursey, grandson Clint Hursey jr., son-in-law Meadowlark Lemon and her 6 siblings.

Vibrant and adventurous, Caralee was the youngest of 7 children. After graduation, she married her high school sweetheart on Valentine’s Day 1952. The next day, Bill went to serve in the Navy and eventually in the Korean War. Caralee stayed in Indiana at first, serving as a nurse’s aide and then joined her husband in San Diego while he was stationed there.

Back in Indiana, Caralee excelled in business while also being a capable homemaker with 4 children during a time she affectionately referred to as The Roaring 50’s. Possessing a talent for refinishing and restoring antiques, Caralee opened Hursey’s Trash to Treasures antiques which became a hot spot for antique enthusiasts for decades.

Caralee was highly active her entire life, enjoying ball room dancing, travel, music and concerts. She was passionate about her community and friendships, visiting those who were in the nursing home or sick. She had a smile that could light up a room, and in her way, made an impact on many lives.

A woman of faith, she cherished the promise of eternity with Jesus and seeing all her loved ones again. The family would like to thank Greencroft Goshen, Goshen Hospital and Hospice of Goshen for their compassionate care during Caralee’s short stay there. They would also like to thank all our family and friends for their support and prayers, and her wonderful church family at Wawasee Lakeside Chapel.

Caralee is survived by her daughter – Cynthia Lemon, and Cynthia’s children- Jamison, Angela, Crystal, Caleb and their families, by her daughter-in- law Renee (wife of Harlan) and their children Samantha and Curt Hursey, and their families, daughter-in-law Johanna (wife of Clint Sr.), granddaughter April Golden (daughter of Clint Sr.) and her family, and the surviving children of Clint Hursey Jr.

Services will be held on Thursday, July 11, at 7 PM with visitation from 6 to 7pm at Eastlund Funeral Home in Syracuse. Pastor Brad Cox of Wawasee Lakeside Chapel and lifelong family friend will officiate the service.


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