Joan Louise Hartford, 80


Hudson – Jean Louise (Cummings) Hartford, 80, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Marlborough Hills following a brief period of declining health. She was a lifelong Hudson resident and homemaker, and the wife of John A. Hartford, who passed away in 1976.

She was the daughter of Florence Nightingale and Edgar Cummings, and often spoke fondly of her memories growing up on River Street and later on Stowe Court.

She leaves two daughters, Debra Hartford of Hudson, with whom she lived, and Darlene Scorzelli and her husband Paul of Southborough. She also leaves her cherished grandchildren, John, Peter, and Michael Scorzelli, all of Southborough; her beloved sister, Ruth Ryan of Hudson; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Florence Gay, Edgar Cummings, Edith Coulter, Albert Cummings, Dorothy Mulhern, Hazel Mauro, and Charles Cummings.

Having been stricken with a life-altering stroke in 1965 and then losing her husband to cancer a decade later, Mrs. Hartford was a private and cautious woman who lived life simply and without frivolity. She enjoyed knitting, listening to country music, and gardening. Her grandchildren brought her tremendous joy in her later years and they, in turn, have learned so much about life, love, and compassion from their dear “Garba.” She lovingly shared her home with numerous pets and is deeply missed by her pug, Hugo.

Her funeral will be held Wednesday, March 21, at 11 a.m., in the First Federated Church of Hudson, 200 Central St., Hudson. Burial will follow in Forestvale Cemetery of Hudson. At the request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home of Marlborough.

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