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BRIDGTON, Maine -- Ann Brown (Eshbaugh) Durrell, 80, formerly of Dorset, Vt., died at her home in Bridgton on Jan. 10, 2008, in the care and comfort of her husband.

Born in Ossining, N.Y., on Oct. 18, 1927, to Claridel and Robert Eshbaugh, she graduated from The Master’s School and Lake Erie College where she majored in biology and competed on the varsity swim team. She raised four children in Radnor, Pa., where she kept the cookie and candy jars full for all the children and their friends.

An avid gardener, she created and maintained lovely landscapes while encouraging the play of neighborhood pick-up football and Wiffleball games on the front lawn. In retirement, she applied her green thumb to gardens in Southern Vermont and lastly southwest Maine.

A voracious reader and lover of the written word, she completed the New York Times crossword puzzle on a daily basis and was an enthusiastic Scrabble player. She enjoyed working with her hands, and one of her larger projects, a colonial dollhouse, has graced the window of Krainin Real Estate in Bridgton the past two holiday seasons.

A spectator of many sports and a loyal Red Sox and Patriots fan, she reserved her most ardent support, however, for her family.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Joseph H. Durrell, Jr.; her brother, Robert Eshbaugh of Leesburg, Fla.; her son, Jim Durrell, of Bridgton, son Bill Durrell and his wife Michelle of Moretown, Vt.; daughter Connie Sheehy and her husband Harry of Williamstown, Mass., and daughter Lynn Karidis and her husband John of Ossining, N.Y., and two grandchildren, Amy Karidis and Jed Durrell.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Willis Eshbaugh of Ft. Myers, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. There are no calling hours. Arrangements by Raymond-Wentworth Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Bridgton, Maine.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 15, 2008
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