WAITSFIELD - Patricia Laura "Patty" Duran, 63, passed away at her Waitsfield home on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Dec. 20, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Patrick Joseph and Nettie Mae (Williams) Duran.
Patty graduated from Wellesley (Massachusetts) High School and then became the primary caregiver to her parents for a number of years at their home in Wellesley. Throughout the years there, she enjoyed tending to their large backyard, spending time in Boston and at Boston Harbor, as well as taking her nieces and nephews on adventures throughout the city.
Following the death of her mother, Patty moved to the Mad River Valley, settling in downtown Waitsfield. While living here, Patty enjoyed volunteering at various events sponsored by the area churches. As an animal lover, she often took care of her neighbor's dogs and cats. She also enjoyed countless shopping experiences with her friends Ann Day and Jeanette Kingsbury. Patty was a bargain hunter at heart and was in her element at any type of yard sale or thrift shop. A dedicated daily reader of The Boston Globe, cover to cover, she also enjoyed reading historical nonfiction and watching "Masterpiece Theater" on PBS.
Patty was a loving and caring member of the Duran family. She will be greatly missed. Patty will be greeted at heaven's gate by her sister, Mary, her parents, Patrick and Nettie, and by Heather, her beloved poodle.
Patty is survived by her brother, Michael J. Duran, and his wife, Linda, of Fayston; her nephews, Patrick J. Duran, of Vail, Colorado, Michael J. Duran, of Aspen, Colorado; her nieces, Kelley A. Duran, of Rochester, New York, Laura Coleman, of Tallahassee, Florida, and Anne Sarver, of St. Petersburg, Florida. She is predeceased by her sister, Mary Ellen Sarver.
A service of remembrance will be held from the Waitsfield United Church of Christ on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. Burial services will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com