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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Shirley F. Durgin, 92, died on Thursday, Feb. 28 2013, in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
She was born in Beverly, Mass., on Jan. 20, 1921, the daughter of Perley and Glendene Ricker Fillmore. She was the widow of Capt. Ralph Durgin, U.S.A.F. who died in 1958.
She attended schools in Beverly, Mass., until the age of eight, when her family moved to Freeport. Her parents purchased the Roseland Cabins which they owned and operated for 48 years. She graduated from Freeport High School in 1939.
Shirley retired from L.L. Bean. During retirement she enjoyed driving, knitting, and working in her flower gardens when not spending time with her beloved family. In later years, her good friend and companion, Leon Cushing moved in with her until he died in 2001.
She is survived by three children, a son Stephen Durgin and his wife Blanche Brentzel-Durgin of Oak Hill, Fla., daughter, Diane Briggs and her husband George of Freeport, and a daughter, Rosanne Durgin and her companion Frank Vonasek of Pownal; five grandsons and one granddaughter. She always said, 'Thank God for my children.' Grandchildren are Scott and Laurie Durgin, Gary and Karie Durgin, Greg Coffin, Tom and Amy Coffin, Robert Coffin and Lisa Randall; great-grandchildren, Brandon Durgin, Noah Coffin, Delaney Durgin, Dominique Durgin, Chelsea Durgin and Jordan Randall; step grandchildren, Holly Anderson and Michael Briggs; and step great-grandchildren, Trent and Sydney Anderson. She also leaves a dear friend, Judy Puiia; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Loren and Merton (Bud) Fillmore.
A life celebration will be held in Freeport at a later date. Send the family a condolence at
Donations are requested
in her memory to:
First Parish United Church of Christ
40 Main St.
Freeport, Maine 04032
or North Pownal Methodist Church
Pownal, Maine 04069
Shirley Fillmore Durgin
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 7, 2013
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"Sorry for the loss of your Mother. My sister Maggie just told me. It is always hard loosing a loved one."
"I am sorry to hear about Shirley's passing. I have always admired her and loved her laugh. I will never..."
- Karen Dunning Sylvain
"To the Durgin family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley. I so enjoyed working with..."
"Diane, Greg, Tommy and Bobby - I am sorry to hear of the passing of Grammy Durgin. She was a wonderful..."
- Katherine Ross
"Please accept my deepest sympathies."
- Jim Brown
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