I was born to Don and Verna Durrant in Morgan, on Nov. 3, 1924, the second girl in a family of four children.
My father was a cheesemaker. The creamery by the river holds many dear memories of my youth.
My schooldays were normal, a great place to make friends and meet boys. Of course, some reading, writing and arithmetic were necessary to remain with my peers. My junior and senior years I was a cheerleader, a position I thoroughly enjoyed.
Graduation was six months into World War II. I chose to work at a defense plant instead of college. I was employed at Hill Field and the Navy Base. I moved to the San Francisco area and worked at Hamilton Field until the war ended. Gamble returned from the pacific in Oct. 1945. We were married Oct. 20, 1945, in San Rafel, Calif. We lived in San Diego and San Pedro, Calif., until Gamble was discharged from the Navy. We returned to Morgan to live out our days.
Our first son, Michael, arrived in 1952. Three years later our second son, Danny, was born. Now with children, we decided to build our home in Morgan.
My free time was spent fishing and traveling with Gamble. I made lasting friendships in high school that lasted my whole life. These friendships extended to our activities at the senior center. I was legally blind but I could catch any cheating out of the corner of my eye. We had lots of laughs. Another fun group with my friends was the Culturettes. We were a community service for Morgan and helped raise money for the Tot Lot.
I enjoyed very much being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Your smiles and laughter made my day.
I am preceded in death by my sweetheart, Gamble, my daughter, Cynthia; my parents; two sisters: Madge and Mickey; and a brother, Don. I am survived by two sons: Michael G. (Jill), and Dan T. (RoseAnn); five grandchildren: Shaina (Jared) Rich, Tawny Jo (Travis) Nelson, Tabitha (Cody) Fearn, Nesha Williams and Cade Williams; one great-grandson, Parker; two great-granddaughters: Chloe and Addison; and one more great-grandchild in September.
Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Walker Mortuary in Morgan (45 West 200 North). Interment will be at the South Morgan Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Sharon Jones, Family Tree of Morgan and Hospice of Utah, especially Aubrey and Allison for their care and compassion for our mother. Thanks you to all her dear friends.
I may be far, but I am forever in your heart.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Moran Eye Center – U of U Healthcare 65 Mario Capecchi Dr. SLC UT 84132.
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