Doris A. (Franke) Hurdman, 75

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KENNEBUNK — Doris Anne (Franke) Hurdman, 75, died Jan. 5.

Born May 5, 1934, and raised in Scarsdale, N.Y., she was a daughter of Paul and Anna Franke.

After graduating from high school in 1952, she attended Smith College, graduating in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.

In her 20s she worked in New York City at Radio Free Europe.

In 1961, shortly after she married Robert L. Hurdman, they moved to Wilton, Conn., where they started their life together and were active in the community.

After the death of her husband Robert in 1972, she raised her four children alone, always putting their needs first.

She later started a wallpaper shop, specializing in interior decorating, an interest she enjoyed throughout her adult life.

In 1991 she relocated to Kennebunk and became a dedicated volunteer for the Friends of the Kennebunk Library.

A lifelong member of the Episcopal church, she most recently worshipped at St. Mary’s of Falmouth.

In her free time she loved to cook, sew and listen to classical music. She had a passion for books, the arts, animals, politics and everything British.

She cherished celebrating holidays and special occasions with family and friends, and was a devoted “Grandy” to her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her beloved brother, painter Robert Franke, and her husband Robert Hurdman.

Surviving are four children, Charles, his wife Meg and their four children of Falmouth, Thomas and his fiance Evelyn Lightwood of Jacksonville, Fla., Andrew and his wife Wendy and two daughters of Chester, N.J., and Elizabeth and her husband Michael McCord and daughter Vivian of New York City.

Memorial services were held last month.

Memorial contribuations can be made to the Animal Welfare Society, West Kennebunk, ME; the Kennebunk Free Library; or the American Lung Association.

Arrangements are by Independent Death Care, 471 Deering Ave., Portland.

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