Evelyn Mae Gurney


RUMFORD – Evelyn Mae Gurney, 82, of Knox Street, Rumford, died Friday, Jan. 19, at her home with loving family members at her side.

She was born on June 8, 1924, in East Madrid, a daughter of Thomas S. and Rena A. (Quimby) Walker.

Evelyn was a 1942 graduate of Dixfield High School. During World War II, she was employed as a paper tester at Oxford Paper Co. She then went to work for many years at Diamond Match Co. as an inspector. In later years, she worked as a waitress at Dick’s Restaurant, and then as a waitress and bartender at the Chicken Coop.

Evelyn was a communicant of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.

She enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid Boston Bruins and Portland Pirates fan, and loved her cat, Nemo.

Evelyn is survived by three sons, Dwight Gurney and wife, Andrea, of Mexico, Thomas Gurney and wife, Jo, of Mechanic Falls, and Gary Gurney and wife, Jennifer, of Rumford; a daughter, Donna Foreman and companion, Ed Merrifield, of Rumford; a sister, Jackie Hughes and husband, Gerald, of Brunswick; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dwight Gurney; a son, Richard Gurney; three sisters, Eleanor Williams, Delia Yates and Adele Reed; four brothers, Thomas, Richard, Roger and Clifford Walker; and a son-in-law, Michael Foreman.