BILLERICA, Mass. – Diane Carol (Wakefield) Hurley, 77, a resident of Billerica, Mass., since 1967, died Feb. 1, 2010, at home after a lengthy battle with kidney disease. Diane was born Nov. 9, 1932, in Skowhegan, daughter of the late Clyde Wakefield and Frances Kennedy Kenney. After her marriage in 1954, Diane resided in Orono, Hallowell and Houlton prior to her last home in Billerica, Mass. Although she lived and enjoyed Billerica, Mass., for more than 40 years, Diane was always just visiting from her beloved Maine, to which she will return as she wished. “Parlin Pond is heaven 12 miles south of Jackman.” Diane was educated in Jackman elementary schools and was a 1950 graduate of Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield. She subsequently attended and completed Northeastern School of Business and Golden School of Beauty, Portland. Diane was a lover of nature and outdoor activities. She loved fly-fishing and attending her son’s athletic events, and was also always a loud supporter of her husband’s athletic coaching career. She loved all creatures large and small and was always nursing some critter back to health to the chagrin of two dogs and two cats. She loved children and many young adults owe their swimming skills to her backyard pool. Diane was predeceased by her grandparents, James and Ruby Murtha of Jackman, with whom she had made her home. Diane was also predeceased by stepfathers, Al Cormier and Donald Kenney. Diane is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Robert A. Hurley; daughter, Maria Plouffe and husband, John, of Maine; son, Kevin Hurley and wife, Diane, of New Hampshire; granddaughter, Johanna Rowley and her husband, Adam; and a great-granddaughter, Sadie Rowley, all of Billerica, Mass. She is also survived by her uncle and aunt, Lt. Col. James Murtha and wife, Charlotte, of Colorado; and brother, Craig E. Kenney of Arizona and his children: niece, Gayle Nevin and nephew, James Murtha of Colorado and niece, Michelle Guenther and family of Poland. She will be missed by her extended family: Michelle, Steve, Nicholas and Matthew Piacenza of New Hamsphire, Debi Hall, Jared and Derek Kane of New Hampshire, Keith Hall of Maine, Teresa Gauthier of Massachusetts, the Casey and Leonard families of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and the Kelly family of Maine. Our sincere thanks to the staff of DCI, Billerica, Mass., and Merrimack Valley Hospice. A celebration of her life is planned 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at Village Inn Restaurant, 544 Broadway Road, Dracut, Mass. Family and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062 or MSPCA, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130, attention: Donations. Arrangements under the care of Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, Billerica, Mass. www.sweeneymemorialfh.com