Patricia Burke Todd Hurley (80) passed away at her East New Market home on Sunday morning, June 23rd. Mrs. Hurley, or Pat, was the daughter of Lizzie and Charles Todd of Cambridge, Maryland. She was married to her loving husband Charles F. Hurley Jr. (Chuck) of East New Market, for nearly 61 years and she was the proud parent of two sons, three grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She is survived by her husband C of East New Market; her son Patrick T. Hurley and his wife Sibel Sayili-Hurley of Limerick, PA; her granddaughter Samantha Merritt of Salem, OR; grandson Chad Hurley, wife Amber Hurley, and great-grandson Osiris of Salisbury; and grandson Chris Hurley of Greensboro as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by daughter Traci Marie, daughter Teena Marie, and son Charles F. Hurley III as well as her brother Insley Todd of Oxford, sister Josephine (Sissie) Brinsfield of Ellicott City, sister Frances Wrightson of Preston, brother Charles Todd of Cambridge, sister Maryann Foxwell of Crapo, sister Dorothy (Dot) Dunnock of Cambridge, sister Elizabeth (Bee) Lyons of Cambridge, sister Betty Jean (Betsy) Jones of Cambridge, and sister Isabell (Bell) Phillips of Salem.
After graduating from Cambridge High School in 1957, Pat was married to Chuck in Columbia, SC in 1958 and soon joined her new husband outside of Stuttgart, Germany, where he served in the Army, they explored western Europe in their VW Beetle, and she developed a lifelong love of brötchen (rolls). Over the coming decades, they would establish homes in Clarksville, TN; East New Market, MD; Raleigh, NC; and for two decades in the Bel Air area, before returning to the Eastern Shore in 1993. During her long life, Pat held a number of jobs, such as hospital admissions clerk at Dorchester General, operator for Southern Bell in Tennessee, permit secretary for the North Carolina Wildlife Agency in Raleigh, NC; and secretary at Bel Air Middle School in Bel Air. Following ten years of service, she retired from the State of Maryland as a clerk for the Department of Juvenile Services.
Pat was known for her love for and devotion to her three grandchildren, including singing “Nearly Gone” to get them to sleep, the support for and love of her siblings and their children, and the ability to dance the night away (particularly to Elvis) in her younger years. Although she never learned to swim, she loved to accompany her watermen father on the Choptank and spend time at the beach in Assateague. Pat also will be remembered for a joy of all things Christmas, her penchant for making snow cream at any opportunity (and freezing some for some lucky soul to enjoy during a summer visit), a decades-long friendship with high-school classmates (the Crevas), her enjoyment of Saturday morning yard sale trips with a visiting sister, and a fondness for Smith Island layer-cakes. Some also may remember her as the person who left a “Citizen’s Parking Violation” slip on their car windshield when she got annoyed with their sloppy parking.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 30th at 2:00 pm at Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge, MD. A visitation will be held beginning one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the East New Market cemetery on Maryland Route 16. The Hurley family extends its sincere thanks to the many family, friends, and community members who have reached out with offerings of love and support. We are especially thankful for the support and assistance of Coastal Hospice in recent months and caregivers April Hardesty, Karen Sampson, Davette Askins, and Frances Sharp, who all helped make Pat’s transition less painful and more peaceful. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Coastal Hospice or to Dorchester County Women’s Shelters and Services.
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