ELLSWORTH – On May 4, 2008, the Earth claimed her limbs, so now she can truly dance. Doreene Hanby, affectionately known as “Nickie,” passed away at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth, after a long illness. Nickie was born Nov. 15, 1946, in Scranton, Pa. After graduating from high school, she attended nursing school and worked as a nurse for many years in New Jersey and then the Boston area, mainly as an emergency room nurse. She was married May 29, 1977, to Robert “Bob” Hanby, and their marriage had been an inspiration to all. She moved to Harrington in summer 1986 and had been a beloved member of the community ever since. Throughout the years, she volunteered at Harrington Family Health Center, serving as president of the board of directors for several years, Rural Health Centers of Maine, Ark Animal Shelter, The Thrift Shop and Sea Coast Mission Food Pantry at Weald Bethel. She also spent countless hours helping anyone in need. She regularly attended Faith Methodist Church of Columbia and was a devoted Christian. Throughout her life, Nickie had an unbreakable spirit and strength as she dealt with many afflictions. She was quick to laugh and always full of smiles. She loved the simple pleasures, a cat on her lap, time with her husband and family and especially, ice cream. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Nickie is survived by her husband, Bob; her son, Bob and daughter-in-law, Meredith; her brother and sisters, an extended family and network of friends; and dear friend, Gena Norgaard. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Faith Methodist Church of Columbia. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Ark Animal Shelter or Sea Coast Mission Food Pantry at Weald Bethel, both of Cherryfield.