Mary E. Lurvey, 84

Mary Lurvey

Mary Lurvey

GORHAM — Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Lurvey, 84, of Gorham, 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 Wyonegonic Girls’ Camp in Denmark. After graduating from high school, Betty entered nurses training at the Central Maine General Hospital in Lewiston, 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 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 Semiconductor 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; daughters, Sandra Humphrey of Limerick, Kathryn Day of South Hiram and Rebecca Normandeau of Mexico Beach, Fla.; sons, Paul Lurvey of Standish and David Lurvey of Gorham; sister, Joan Howe of Bethel; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and her beloved pet, Maggie Mae.

An hour of visitation will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 1 to 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

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: Autism Society of Maine, 728 Main Street, Winthrop, ME 04364.

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