Obituaries

Doris Anne Franke Hurdman
Born May 5, 1934 – Died January 5, 2010

Born and raised in Scarsdale, NY, the daughter of Paul and Anna Franke, Mrs. Hurdman was the wife of the late Robert L. Hurdman, also of Scarsdale. Doris graduated from Scarsdale High in 1952 and always spoke of her high school years as an idyllic time. She graduated from Smith College in 1956, with a BA in English Literature and reading was a life long passion. In her twenties she worked in New York City at Booz Allen Hamilton and later at Radio Free Europe, a job that shaped her future world views. In 1961, shortly after their marriage, Doris and Robert moved to Wilton, CT where they started their life and family together and established strong roots in the community.

Doris was an active member of the PTA, the Wilton Riding Club and the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk. After Robert died in 1972 she went on to raise her four children alone, always putting their needs ahead of her own. When her children were older she became a founding partner in a local wallpaper shop, The Paper Connection, in Ridgefield, CT. She later specialized in interior decorating, an interest she enjoyed throughout her adult life. Doris had a flawless eye and impeccable taste and always kept a beautiful home.

In 1991 she relocated to Kennebunk, ME, and became a dedicated volunteer for the Friends of the Kennebunk Library, where she served as a Board Member and fundraiser. She was an active participant in various local Republican political campaigns, offering support all the way up to the national level. In her free time she loved to cook, bake, needlepoint and sew. She also had a love of classical music, books, the arts, animals (especially dogs), politics and everything British.

Doris was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, through which she worshiped over the years at St. James the Less in Scarsdale, NY, St. Matthew’s in Wilton, Ct, St. David’s of Kennebunk, ME and, most recently, St. Mary’s of Falmouth, ME. She cherished time spent celebrating holidays and special occasions with family and friends–especially Christmas and birthdays.

Doris was predeceased by her only (and much beloved) older brother Robert Franke, an American Decorative Painter whose paintings and lithographs have been exhibited, and are included in private collections, throughout North and South America. Doris leaves behind four children, Charles & his wife Meg and their four children of Falmouth, ME, Thomas and his fiancé Evelyn Lightwood of Jacksonville, FL, Andrew and his wife Wendy and two daughters of Chester, NJ, and Elizabeth and her husband Michael McCord and new daughter Vivian of NYC — all of whom will miss her deeply. They were blessed by her devoted role as both a mother to her children and “Grandy” to her grandchildren.

A Holy Eucharist in celebration of Doris’ life was held at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road in Falmouth, Maine on Saturday, January 9, 2010. Commemorative gifts can be made to the Animal Welfare Society, West Kennebunk, ME, the Kennebunk Free Library or the American Lung Association.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

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