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Durgin, Mona J.



Mona J. Durgin died peacefully in hospice on July 25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her daughters sitting vigil. She was 83 years old.



Mona is survived by daughters Doranna and Nancy in Tijeras, NM, older sister Barbara Humphreys in Florida, and many nephews, nieces and extended family members. She is predeceased by her parents, Lena and Willis Jesson, and recently by her husband, Charles B. Durgin.



Mona grew up in Olean, NY; she graduated from Ohio State University in 1955 with a degree in occupational therapy. In 1956 she married Chuck, and they saw fifty-nine years together (largely in Rochester/Greece, NY). After their 2013 move to Albuquerque, Mona kept Chuck's assisted living caretakers on their toes as his devoted advocate.



Mona was dedicated to eliminating social injustices and supporting vulnerable families. She started early with a Quaker Workcamp in DC and moved on to civil rights activities and church outreach, especially with Lakeside Presbyterian (Rochester). She coordinated Church Women United's Daily Hello (telephone reassurance for shut-ins) for 17 years and sat on the board of Monroe community Hospital for six years (two as president). She also spearheaded and helped fund the Lakeside Child and Family Center for at-risk mothers and children, and shepherded the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf from its early days to the healthy community resource it has become. Near the end of this second career, the Greece Chamber of Commerce presented her with the 2005 Girlie Goodwin Citizen of the Year Award for lifelong volunteer service.



Once in Albuquerque Mona was quickly drawn by the hands-on approach of New Life Presbyterian church, and joined them each week in making and distributing sandwiches to the homelessâ€"not to mention her participation in various protest gatherings and marches, and that time she went to Santa Fe with the girls and stumbled into a rally for revised immigration laws. Best day trip ever.



In remembrances, Mona's friends have universally mentioned three things: The spark in her blue eyes, her smile, and the way she made tangible changes in the lives of so many people. Her daughters would like you to know they were happy to share, and hope you'll pass the love along.



Mona's memorial will take place at New Life Presbyterian Church at 5540 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111, on Sunday, August 7, at 2:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, 500 Maiden Lane, Rochester, NY 14616. More information about Mona's life and a guestbook for condolences can be found at Riverside Funeral Home (www.riversidefunerals.com).
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Aug. 6, 2016
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