Mary Kaye Hurt (Novacek)

Mary Kaye Hurt (Novacek)

October 25, 1946 – February 5, 2023

Mary Kaye Hurt (Novacek) of Omaha, Ne. Born October 25, 1946, and transitioned February 5, 2023.

Survived by her son, Dustin; brothers: Danny (Linda), Tom, David (Margaret), and Gordon (Alberta); as well as many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her and husband, James “Jim” L. Hurt; parents, Harry and Gladys Novacek; brother, Mike;

Mary Kaye was loved by all who knew her. She owned and operated her hair salon, Belle Cheri, in Millard for years before opening her in-home salon, where she made countless lifelong friends. In 1964, Mary Kaye and 7 young moms started a cards club, and they kept it going for over 50 years! She was known as the “Cookie Lady” by neighborhood kids for always having treats ready for them. Growing up in a small town with 5 brothers made Mary Kaye tough.

She had a fun life. She loved rock and roll and visited the annual Winter Dance Party in Clear Lake, IA, to honor Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & The Big Bopper. She deeply loved her son and all of his friends as though they were her own. She always welcomed them into her home with a huge smile, snacks, hugs, bottomless cups of coffee, and delicious Czech meals and kept them entertained with all her stories. She also had an amazing garden behind her house which made it feel like you were instantly on a relaxing vacation. Mary Kaye was an amazing woman, and she will be greatly missed by so many.

Visitation and wake with family: Friday, March 10th, 5-7pm, at West Center Chapel.

Funeral Service: Saturday, March 11th, 10am, at St. Gerald Catholic Church, with a luncheon to follow.

Interment Assumption Cemetery, Dwight, NE, after the luncheon.



  • Mike L Kratky Posted February 23, 2023 4:26 pm

    Mary Kaye was a 2nd mom to so many. She will truly be missed.

  • michael armijo-wolfe Posted February 24, 2023 2:22 pm

    our sincerest condolences. michael, melissa and gabriel armijo

  • Michael Williams Posted March 1, 2023 8:36 pm

    Marty Kay was awesome, always there to listen and take care of Dustin, Matt and I. I would agree she was like a 2nd Mom and will always have a place in my heart. Dustin my condolences, if you ever need anything reach out. Sometimes it ‘s hard to reach me, but I will respond when I can.
    Your brother, Mike

  • Jim and Darlene Blazek Posted March 7, 2023 9:41 am

    Mary Kaye was a very great friend of ours all our lives. We send our Sympathy and prayers to all her family .

  • Christopher E Kibbon Posted March 8, 2023 5:35 pm

    To all of Mary Kaye’s family,so very sorry for your loss. Mary Kaye had a positive impact in my life,and with all who were Lucky enough to have met her. She will never be fogotten.

  • Lizzie G Posted March 10, 2023 11:23 am

    Firstly, my condolences Dustin, and all who loved Mary Kaye.
    Mary Kaye was one of the first to welcome us to the neighborhood in 2018. We became a very good friends while we were neighbors and continued to stay in touch after we moved away. She was always a light; a big smile and a hug, had a fantastic sense of humor, a givers heart, and was a lot of fun to share stories with. Our friendship was a blessing and I miss her so. Thankful for sweet memories full of laughter. Mary Kaye was a special lady! Sending love and prayers to all who have been blessed to know her.

  • William & Elise Hicks Posted March 10, 2023 7:50 pm

    Mary Kaye was so lovely. Though we didn’t know her well, we know how much her niece, Dawn loved her. We were saddened to hear of her passing.

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