loved vacationing in Maine; 95
CHELMSFORD -- Arline Stirk Dupras, 95, died at her home after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. She was born in Springvale, Maine in 1915, which marked the beginning of a lifelong devotion to the state of Maine. Her dearly loved parents Edwin Stirk and Ida Butler Stirk built a small summer camp in Cape Porpoise, where she spent many happy hours as a child, then with her high school and college friends, and later with her children and grandchildren.
She was educated at Chelmsford High School and at Salem State College, graduating as valedictorian from both institutions. In mid-life she returned to school, earning a Master's degree and a Doctorate in Business Education from Boston University. She began her professional career as a high school teacher, but was forced to leave when she married because at that time married women were not permitted to teach in Massachusetts. She then worked for the Department of Immigration in Boston, and later returned to high school teaching when the "married women" policy changed. After earning her graduate degrees she became a professor of business education at Middlesex Community College and at Northern Essex Community College, where she taught until 1990.
Her interests and talents were diverse. She loved her garden, and when she was in her mid-80's, she was featured in a photo shoot in the Lowell Sun, which honored the area's most outstanding gardens. Family history and genealogy were also a passion for her, and one of her favorite retirement avocations was compiling notebooks of photos, mementoes, and anecdotes relating to various branches of the family. She did not, however, live in the past, and greatly enjoyed her computer, especially her lively e-mail correspondence with friends and relatives.
She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Gilbert A. Dupras. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Don Stanford, of Westford, Massachusetts, her daughter Cynthia, of Stewart Manor, New York, and her son Edwin of Bellingham, Georgia; her granddaughter Rachel Hervey, grandsons Matthew Hervey and David Stanford, all of Seattle, Washington; grandson Aaron Stanford of West Hollywood, California; and grandsons Edwin M. and Mark Dupras of Bellingham, Georgia. She is also survived by her dear friends and next door neighbors, Robert and Donna Boyce, and by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
DUPRAS -- At her request, there will be no calling hours. A private family memorial service will be held this summer. For those who wish, donations in her name may be made to The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, c/o Tom Bradbury, P.O. Box 7004, Cape Porpoise, Maine 04014 or to The Chelmsford Senior Center c/o Diana Ryder 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford, MA 01863. Arrangements by Dolan Funeral Home, 978-251-4041 www.dolanfuneralhome.com