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December 21, 1924 - May 2, 2012
Gladys Brown Durfee, 87, passed away May 2, 2012, at her home in Meridian, Idaho. She was born December 21, 1924 in Tiffin Iowa, daughter of Marguerite and Eldon Brown. In 1936, the family moved to Nampa, Idaho where she finished her schooling & graduated from high school. She married Zeland (Zeke) Durfee on March 8, 1943 in Tacoma Washington. Together they raised their three children - David, Paul, and Donna. Zeke and Gladys lived in Nampa, Potlatch, Cascade, Boise, and finally settled in Meridian in 1971. He preceded her in death on March 25, 1994 after 51 years of marriage. She enjoyed many good years of square dancing, camping, crocheting, knitting and caring for her family.
She worked for Idaho Power in Nampa, Sears in Boise, and retired in May of 1984 after 20 years as secretary to the Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She was a member of Meridian Cherry Lane Christian Church.
In 1996 she moved to Boise with her mate and love, Billy B. Stephens. For the last 16 years she laughed again and lived life to the fullest with Bill in her life. The couple enjoyed travels together, weekly bowling, visiting & playing games with friends and family.
She is survived by Bill Stephens, sons David (Margaret) of Meridian, Paul of Caldwell, and daughter Donna (Greg) Evans of Boise, 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, sister Doris (Dick) Schroeder of Boise, and sister-in-law Barb Brown of Princeton, and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and brother, Verle.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 7, 2012 at Ten Mile Christian Church, 3500 W. Franklin, Meridian, ID 83642 at 1:00 p.m. with the Pastor Steve Moore officiating. Viewing will be held at Accent Funeral Home, 1303 N. Main St. Meridian ID 83642 on Sunday, May 6th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Memorial gifts may be made in her name to Ten Mile Christian Church. Remembrances may be made left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 6, 2012