Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
November 12, 2011 1:10 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Margaret E. Durbin, 95, of Mount Vernon, passed away early Friday morning, Nov. 10, 2011, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home.

She was born Feb. 24, 1916, in Morrow County to the late Harvey and Maggie Belle (Ross) Stopher.

Beloved grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.

Margaret was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church and was driven her entire life by her strong faith and genuine caring and concern for everyone whom she encountered. In her most recent years, Margaret resided at Ohio Eastern Star Home, where she lived a very full and quality life among a nursing staff she adored and dear friends in which she reminisced with and shared her final days.

Margaret loved reading poetry and dabbled in writing her own poetry based on her life experiences and lessons learned in her very full 95 years of life. She was part of a poetry club where she and other members discussed and collected well-loved poems that explored and celebrated life and all its wonders.

Margaret took care of others most of her life until it was her turn to be cared for. She worked at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center for many years as a nurse’s aide; and after her retirement, cared for and spent time with individuals needing care in their own homes as they aged. Margaret was ever giving, gracious, strong and generous in all that she did for others in her life.

Margaret is survived by her granddaughter, Heidi (Scott) Craigo; great-grandchildren, Madison, Mia and Jack Craigo; a grandson, William (Melinda) Furniss of Vancouver, Wash.; her brother, Dwight (Freda) Stopher of Toledo; and many adoring nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Durbin; daughter and son-in-law, William and Sheryl Furniss; as well as sisters, Neva Bean and Leatha Lemon; and brothers, Chester and Herbert Stopher.

Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home, 212 N. Main St., Mount Vernon. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Gay Street United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Denise Marikis officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, National Parkinson Foundation or the Gay Street United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

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