DOWNEY - Former Downey resident Sarah O. Durkee passed away March 5 at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, Calif.Durkee was born Jan. 2, 1918 in Des Moines, Iowa. She moved around to many different states during her childhood, including Colorado and Missouri. She moved to Downey in 1946 where she met Bob at the Downey United Methodist Church, where they had remained members. She was active in the church and sang in the choir. She was also active in PTA at Alameda Elementary, South Junior and Downey High School, receiving an honorary life certificate for her service. She also sang with Mothers Singers in the 1960s. When and Bob retired, they moved to Bishop in 1963. She is survived by her sons, Raymond and Donald Durkee; daughters-in-law, Vivian and April Durkee; and grandchildren, Matthew and Alison Durkee. A memorial service will be held at Downey United Methodist Church on Saturday. Any contributions may be sent to Downey United Methodist Church, 10801 Downey Ave., Downey, CA 90241, or Friends of the Inyo, 699 West Line St., Suite A, Bishop, CA 93514.
********** Published: March 12, 2010 - Volume 8 - Issue 47