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Doris Y. Hurley, devoted mother of nine

May 27, 1921 – Feb. 28, 2016

Doris Y. Hurley of Amherst, the mother of nine children – two of whom became local college presidents – died Sunday at Beechwood Home. She was 94.

Born in Buffalo, the former Doris Young was also one of nine children raised on Humboldt Parkway on the East Side. She was graduated from St. Mary Magdalene School and St. Mary’s Seminary, and was always especially proud of a 1933 essay – “Why I am Proud to be an American” – that won an Americanism Essay award.

After high school and during World War II, she worked for American Airlines at Buffalo Airport, where she met her future husband, Paul Bishop Hurley of Belmont, Mass., who had been transferred to Buffalo by the airline.

They married in January 1944, and celebrated their 62nd anniversary just prior to his death in 2006.

“My mother led an extraordinary life that was centered on her family,” said her daughter, Mary Ann Tanski.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Hurley is survived by sons Paul Jr., who served as president of Trocaire College from 1998 to 2012, and John, president of Canisius College since 2010; four other sons, Daniel, Michael, William and Timothy; and two other daughters, Barbara Pacitti and Colleen Argus; 25 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Hurley enjoyed sewing, crafts, dancing and music ranging from Count Basie to Johnny Cash. She was also a devoted Buffalo Bills fan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 250 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.