Mary Durham was born in Rattan on January 12, 1922 to Parker & Eva Mae Rosenthal. She passed from this life on April 18, 2011 in Mt. Juliet, TN., at the age of 89. Mary married James H. Durham in September of 1943. Mary was of German and Choctaw descent. She worked as a high school teacher, a farm worker and during WWII, she worked in a plant building fighter planes. After the war she raised their children and became her sons' Cub Scout/Boy Scout Den Mother. She was also active in the church as a Sunday School teacher. The family moved to California in 1955, where she worked for 20 years in retail sales at The Broadway. After retirement, she enjoyed working in her yard, gardening, visiting family and friends, and spending time with her 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She and her husband also enjoyed a memorable trip to Europe. She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 64 years, James Durham. She is survived by her children, James H. Durham, John P. (Susie) Durham, Diane Durham (Bill) Newland, and Sherry L. Perry; her siblings, Frank (Monalla) Rosenthal, Ernestine Krohn, Isabel (Harley) Murray and Tommie Scott; her grandchildren, Adrianne Durham, Amy McCartney, Ashley Grguric, Nathan Durham, and James Perry; her 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was dearly loved by family and friends and will be missed. www.sellarsfuneralservices.com .
Arrangements conducted by Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet, TN.