Mount Vernon News
  • Barbara L. Durbin

  • June 13, 2011

LEXINGTON — Barbara Durbin’s love was instinctual, unconditional and forever. She and her husband, Walt, shared an inseparable bond that set the tone for their family: growing up in the Durbin home was a place of safety, acceptance and blessing. And Barbara loved her grandchildren with blessings and approval.

Following Walt’s death, Barbara claimed the promise of Psalm 147 “He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds.” On Saturday morning, June 11, 2011, the Lord healed Barbara’s broken heart, by calling her unto Himself, from her home, and reuniting Barbara and Walt in eternal life. She was 80.

Born Jan. 16, 1931, in Mount Vernon to Ernest and Waneta (Alspach) Thorp, Barbara was raised in Danville, was graduated from Danville High School, and met her husband, Walter E. Durbin, there. They were married July 11, 1950.

She finished her nurse’s training at Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing, and worked at the hospital, in local doctor’s offices, and retired from the former Overlook Nursing Home.

She was a member of Heartland Alliance Church and was active with the Ladies Connection of the church.

When not flower gardening or reading, Barbara enjoyed crafts like tole painting and flower arranging, and had been known to even cheat a little at euchre!

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Rod Durbin and his fiancee Sue Sautter of Mansfield, Dee Durbin of Lexington, Donald and Vanessa Durbin of Lebanon, Ill., Brian “Yogi” and Joy Durbin of Johnsville, Teresa Durbin of Lexington, Steve and Valerie Durbin of Lexington, Michael “Pius” and Sally Durbin of Mansfield, Patty and Brian Wade of Bellville, and Marty and Mary Durbin of Mansfield; 32 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Helen Thorp of Danville; and a large extended family including nieces, nephews, and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Her beloved Walt preceded her in death on July 21, 1994. Also deceased are her brothers, Martin Thorp and Donald Thorp.

The Durbin family will receive friends Tuesday, June 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield, and also on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Her son the Rev. Yogi Durbin, her grandson the Rev. Chris Durbin, along with the Rev. Andy Vallance will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in Barbara’s memory to the Troy Township Firefighters Association may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Durbin family, and private condolences to them may be made online at

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