Pamela Ann Hurley, 70, of Truro and Berlin, Mass. died peacefully at home on April 30, 2021, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Pam was born in Marlborough, the daughter of the late Thomas and Ruth (Cook) Hurley. She graduated from St. Ann’s Academy in Marlborough and earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Assumption College.
Pam was known for her kindness and compassion, and for a quick wit that cultivated people’s trust. She found her life’s work as a rehabilitation counselor for people in recovery from substance abuse.
One of the highlights of Pam’s career was becoming the director of Faith House in Worcester. There are many who say the work they did with Pam saved their lives.
Having grown up on a horse farm, Pam loved animals and nature all her life. She was passionate about her home decor and landscape, leaving beautiful flower gardens as a legacy. Pam loved her home away from home in Truro, frequenting the beach, whale watching, bird watching, and ending the day with a shared meal and a perfect sunset.
Pam enjoyed driving sports cars and was often spotted driving around town in her Miata with the top down and her sidekick, Bess, the multi-cultural wonder dog, in the passenger seat.
Most of all, Pam loved time with her family and friends. She loved her nieces and nephew, generously picking out a continuous flow of clothes and toys.
“She filled our home with beauty, love, and laughter,” said Claudia, her spouse. “With a twinkle in her eye, a beautiful smile, and a heart as big as the ocean, you could always count on Pam for practical advice, support, and love. She leaves us with a model of how to be kind to one another.”
She is survived by her wife of 28 years, Claudia Dent; her dog, Bess; her best friend, Dean Lipka of Wells, Maine; and her niece, Jennifer McPartlen; her great-nephew, Dillon McPartlen; her great-great-niece, Ivy; her great-great-nephew MJ; and her brother-in-law, Nick Hawkins, all of Hudson.
She was predeceased by her sister, Deb Hawkins, in 2013.
Calling hours were held on May 12 in Marlborough. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial donations to the Brigham and Women’s Lung Transplant program.
To view an online memorial, see shortandrowefuneralhome.com.