Funeral service for Laura M. Durham, 85, of Hayesville, NC and formerly of Russell, will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the O’Leary Funeral Home, Park Street in Canton with Rev. William Hart, officiating. Calling hours will be from 11-2 p.m. with the funeral at 2 p.m.
Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Clare. Mrs. Durham passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2001 at the Murphy Medical Center, Murphy, NC.
Surviving Laura are a son, Jack Durham and wife Jennie, Hayesville, NC; grandchildren, Julie Durham-Defee, Jodi Durham, Jessica Peters and Andrew Chevier; great-grandchildren, Will and KayLee Defee and Jenna Durham; and a sister, Lois Sandberg and husband Richard of North Bend, OR.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Amy Chevier; brothers Clyde Dennis and Darrell Chase; and a step-sister, Eva Resch.
Laura was born on September 5, 1925 in Russell, the daughter of the late Clyde and Myrtle (McKee) Chase. She graduated in 1943 from Knox-Memorial in Russell. She worked for the US Army at Lederly Labs, Pearl River, NY and for the Post Office in Russell for several years, retiring in May 1987. On September 9, 1950, she married Clifford Durham in Waddington with Albert Budd, officiating.
For the last seven years, Laura has lived in North Carolina with her son and has been able to enjoy her grand and great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com.