Mary E. Lurvey
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Lurvey, 84, of School Street, Gorham, Maine, died Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Scarborough.
Born in Bethel on Sept. 10, 1928, Betty was the daughter of the late Willis and Ethel Capen Ward and was the beloved wife of Roy Lurvey to whom she was married on Dec. 23, 1949. Betty was educated in the Bethel elementary schools and graduated from Gould Academy in 1946. During her teenage years she worked summers at the Wynegonic Girls Camp in Denmark. After graduating from high school, Betty entered nurses training at the Central Maine General Hospital in Lewiston from where she graduated in 1949 as a Registered Nurse. She was married the same year and went with her husband who was in the Navy to San Diego, Calif., where she worked as an RN for 3 and 1/2 years.
In 1954, after her husband was discharged from the Navy, they returned to Maine where she worked for Vito's Bakery and was known for decorating beautiful cakes. Betty also worked for Fairchild Semi-Conductor and numerous other companies. Her great interests were gardening, sewing, playing the piano, spending summers at Shore Hills Campground as well as at Ocean Point in Boothbay. Betty was well known for her banana bread and whoopee pies. She was a member of School Street United Methodist Church and the North Congregational Church in Groveville.
Betty was predeceased by a son Michael in 1987. Survivors include her husband Roy of 63 years; daughter, Sandra Humphrey and husband Michael of Limerick, a daughter-in-law, Cathy Marion of Odessa, Fla., daughter, Kathryn Day of South Hiram, son, Paul Lurvey and companion, Betsy Pearson of Standish, son, David Lurvey of Gorham, daughter, Rebecca Normandeau and husband Col. Scott Normandeau of Mexico Beach, Fla.; sister, Joan Howe and husband Clarence Jr. of Bethel, a sister-in-law, Beverly Melville and husband Richard of Locke’s Mills; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and her beloved pet, Maggie Mae.
An hour of visitation will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 1-2 p.m. at the Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State Street, Gorham where a celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to www.dolbyfuneralchapel.com
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: Autism Society of Maine, 728 Main Street, Winthrop, ME 04364.