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Verna Marie Durfee

December 27, 1937 March 5, 2019
Verna Marie Durfee
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Verna Marie Durfee, 82 of Sanford, died Tuesday afternoon, March 5, 2019 at Brittany Manor. She was born December 27, 1936 in Pinconning, the only daughter of the late Charles and Lucile (Sherman) Lavrack. Verna grew up in the Pinconning area and graduated from “Pinny” High School in 1955. She worked for Dow during the summer of 1955 until she married her loving husband, Larry Durfee, on November 5, 1955 at the Free Methodist Church in Linwood. Over the next 35 years she raised four children and three grandchildren. Upon Larry’s retirement, the two joined the Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service (RVICS). They travelled the U.S. working in colleges and youth camps over a twenty-year period helping in and leading project teams in a variety of activities including building repair, upgrade and construction along with sewing and crafts. Verna’s favorite place was Taccoa Falls College in Georgia where there is a beautiful 186-foot-high waterfall. She had been a devout Christian since she was a young child. Verna was an active member of the Faith Wesleyan Church in Midland for many years.

She is survived by her husband Larry Durfee of Sanford; sons Loren (Pamela) Durfee, Gary (Judy) Durfee, Craig (Beth) Durfee all of Midland; daughter Jill Durfee Johnson also of Midland; grandchildren Kendra (Ben) Coston of Grand Rapids, Amber (Jonathan) Larson of Port Huron, Mark Durfee of Midland, Brooke Durfee of Midland, Jadyn Darby of Coleman, Kevin (Mikel) Cole of Kalamazoo, Kristen Cole of Midland, Matthew Szyperski of Shepherd, Matthew Murphy of Midland, Justin (Tiffany) Brooks of Midland, and Scott Ratell of Midland; and 13 great grandchildren. Verna is also survived by her brothers Ellis Lavrack of Spring Arbor and Merlin (Marcia) Lavrack of Lake Leelanau; sister-in-law Maxine Lavrack of Linwood; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Verna was preceded in death by her grandson Jacob Durfee and three brothers Linford, Lyle, and Norman Lavrack.

Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2019 from Faith Wesleyan Church, 654 South Meridian Road. Rev. Kory Chesser and Rev. Dennis Curell, current and former pastors of Faith Wesleyan Church, will officiate with burial to follow in Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Verna’s family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


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Visitation

Sunday

10

Mar

2:00 PM 3/10/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 3/10/2019 4:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Visitation

Sunday

10

Mar

6:00 PM 3/10/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/10/2019 8:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Visitation

Monday

11

Mar

10:00 AM 3/11/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
Faith Wesleyan Church

654 S Meridian Rd
Midland, MI 48640

Faith Wesleyan Church
654 S Meridian Rd Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Monday

11

Mar

11:00 AM 3/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
Faith Wesleyan Church

654 S Meridian Rd
Midland, MI 48640

Faith Wesleyan Church
654 S Meridian Rd Midland 48640 MI
United States

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Midland Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

565 N Meridian Rd
Midland, MI 48640

565 N Meridian Rd Midland 48640 MI
United States
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