Lucinda Vanderhoef Nash Dudley

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Williamsburg - Lucinda Vanderhoef Nash Dudley of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Bar Harbor, Maine, died at the age of 84 on July 27, 2019 in Maine after a long bout with cancer. Lucinda was known by most who knew her as "Cinda." She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 28, 1935, the first child of the marriage of Edgar Vanderhoef Nash and Nancy Adair Van Slyke in 1932.
Cinda graduated from Northrop Collegiate School (now The Blake School) in Minneapolis. She attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, before marrying Wesley ("Wes") C. Dudley II of Buffalo, New York, in June, 1956.
During her husband's tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, they lived in Hawaii, returning to Buffalo to raise their family and to pursue their philanthropic interests. Wes worked for the Worthington Pump Company before striking out to create and manage his own enterprises.
At the same time, Cinda and Wes began what was a lifelong career in supporting the arts - with Wes focusing on music for the pipe organ, while Cinda's interests ranged from theater, classical music, opera, art, and dance, as well as the pipe organ. She enjoyed local theater performances and brass concerts as much as her trips to New York's stages and music halls. Their home was decorated with the works of favorite local and internationally known artists.
A woman of independent mind, with an excellent sense of humor, she was courageous throughout her life encounters with personal tragedy - from the loss of daughter Katherine in an accident to her own long, debilitating and final illness with which she contended - a variety of cancers over 31 years. Yet she never faltered, researching her foe and finding outstanding medical professionals with whom she maintained long friendships.
Throughout her lifetime, Cinda exemplified the generous and thoughtful qualities of the anonymous philanthropist, paying particular attention to Planned Parenthood, education, public radio, local arts organizations, individuals in need, and the Episcopal Church.
She continued her husband's interest in and support of the musical range of the pipe organ - especially through support of the weekly national and international public radio broadcasts of "Pipe Dreams."
Cinda's yearning for travel, combined with her curiosity, sent her on numerous adventures - the latest at age 81 was a trip to the Galapagos Islands, accompanied by her grandchildren. In the words of one young traveler, "It was a blast!"
Cinda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wes, and their daughter, Katherine Mary Dudley.
Cinda is survived by her daughter Nanette Schoeder (David) of Alexandria, Virginia and Bar Harbor, Maine, Donald (Janet) of Buffalo, New York, brother Nicholas Nash (Karen) of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, sister Nancy Nash-Cummings (Rich) of Windsor, Vermont, three grandchildren - Nicholas Schoeder, Katherine and MacLaren Dudley and their mother Meg Dudley, two step-grandchildren, Grace Waters Coulom and Madeleine Waters......many relatives and friends, as well as Cinda's beloved rescue dog, Precious.
A memorial service will be held on August 17 at 5:00 pm at St. Saviour's Church, 41 Mt Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
In celebration of her life's journey and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Cinda's memory to your local Planned Parenthood, local Food Bank, "Pipe Dreams" at Minnesota Public Radio, c/o Brian Newhouse, 480 Cedar St, St Paul, MN, 55101, or the Eastman School of Music to the Dudley Scholarship Fund at 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14604-2599.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed
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Richard Ouellette
Aug 17, 2019
I send my sympathy and prayers to the family. Cinda was a special lady and I delighted in her company on various visits over the more than 30 years that I knew her. She was good to me and I can not thank her enough for her kindness over all those years. She always had interesting stories to tell and was very entertaining with her sense of humor and wit. I can not think of a lady with more class than she and I will miss our friendship. They do not come any better than Cinda.
Christina Maria Baetz
Aug 17, 2019
Dear Nanette, Donald and family, my deepest sympathies to you all. I’m thinking of you on this a most difficult day, with feelings of sadness for the loss of such a lovely lady. I’m grateful she is no longer suffering with this lifetime illness. My best to you All. ❤️ Sincerely, Christina
Christina Maria Baetz
Aug 17, 2019
Dear Nanette, Donald and family, my deepest sympathies to you all. I’m thinking of you on this a most difficult day, with feelings of sadness for the loss of such a lovely lady. I’m grateful she is no longer suffering with this lifetime illness. My best to you All. ❤️ Sincerely, Christina
Dibbie Appleton
Aug 09, 2019
I am sad to hear this news of Cinda. When I married Jack Appleton, I met Wes and Cinda and I, too, enjoyed the friendship that was so important to Jack and to his sons, Tim and Chris.. Over the years, Cinda and I have continued a friendship with long phone visits. To all her family, please know how sorry I am that this funny, kind, hugely generous and engaging woman ha left us.
Fondly,
Dibbie Appleton
Georgia E. Mamangakis
Aug 07, 2019
A shining light of intelligence, spirit and independence. She was a dear friend and a great woman of class and grit whom I will miss dearly.
Always in my heart dear Cinda......may your memory be eternal.
Beverly Parker
Aug 06, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Nanette and Donald, and all the folks related to Lucinda. She was a lovely lady and it was a pleasure to have known her.