Patrick Dempsey’s mother remembered for her strength at Auburn memorial

Posted March 30, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.

AUBURN, Maine — More than 300 mourners gathered Saturday to remember Amanda Dempsey, who inspired the creation of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing with her 17-year battle with cancer and her indefatigable passion for living.

“Celebrate your best memories of her,” son Patrick Dempsey asked friends and family. “That’s what she would have wanted. That’s what life is all about.”

In a modest, hourlong ceremony, people remembered Amanda Dempsey as a woman who never complained about her illness. She persevered and worked to help others, often volunteering quietly at the center named for her famous son.

She died Monday at 79.

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