1916 ~ DURR ~ 2014

Posted: July 4th, 2014


Mrs. Mary (Maria) Durr of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Gottlieb Durr, passed away on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 at the age of 97 years. Sound in her faith, surrounded by the love and support of her family, and the continuous care of the exceptional Staff at Masterpiece, we take comfort in knowing Mary is celebrating her new life with her Lord and Saviour.
Born on September 25th, 1916 to Wilhelm and Elizabeth (Eberwein) Schmidt, Mary was raised in Yugoslavia until the family immigrated to Canada in 1928. Mary settled in Manyberries, Alberta, her passion for breaking tradition, riding horses, helping in the fields and working outside of the home lead her to meet Gottlieb Durrin 1938. On January 21st, 1939 they were wed. Her love of baking, legendary Strudla, gardening, chokecherry picking and jam making was encouraged by all who were on the receiving end of her efforts!
Mary is survived by three children, Mary (Laverne) Lutz, Melvin (Ann) Durr, Janet (Bert) Trudering; one sister, Christina Stimpson; son-in-law, Harvey Anhorn; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 4 great greatgrandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Gottlieb; daughter, Darlene Anhorn; and 6 sisters. We trust Mary is having a joyful reunion with those who have gone before.
Mary’s Family would like to sincerely thank the exceptionally compassionate and competent staff at Masterpiece River Ridge. The thoughtful attention given to her care and morale will never be forgotten. A special word to her “Chocolate Bar Angel”; with each little sweet treat, you made her feel so special. Thank you for such acts of kindness.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and at FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD, 395 – 9th Street SE, on Monday from 12:30 until 1:25 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD, on Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Boyd Thomas officiating. A private interment will take place in the family plot at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Mary\’s memory may be made to Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Mary Durr. Funeral arrangements entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION CENTRE, \”The Chapel in the Park\”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599

2 Condolences for “1916 ~ DURR ~ 2014”

  1. laura gould says:

    Im sorry for the family’s lost I didnt know her very well but she was my aunt and its sad that she is gone now

  2. Eleanor (Knutson) Weber says:

    My sincere sympathy to the Durr family. I remember Mr and Mrs Durr, Mel, Janet, and Darlene so well, having been friends and gone to highschool with Janet and Darlene. Also sad to hear Darlene has passed on. I would love to reconnect with Janet and Mel if they wish to email me at ellieweber.ca. somehow we lose contact with good friends over the years.
    Eleanor Weber
    Edmonton, Ab.

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