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Eleanor A. Durant
Retired Chelmsford school teacher; 78

CHELMSFORD -- Eleanor A. Durant, 78, a retired elementary school teacher, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 4, at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank A. Durant, to whom she was married for almost 48 years.

Daughter of the late James and Margaret (Mahoney) Condon, she was born in Lowell on March 19, 1938. Mrs. Durant was raised in Lowell and graduated from Keith Hall in 1955. In 1959, she graduated from Lowell State Teachers College in Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in education and received her master's degree in education from Fitchburg State College in 1988.

Mrs. Durant worked as an elementary school teacher for the Town of Chelmsford for over 38 years. She worked at the North School, the Westlands Elementary School and the Parker Middle School where she retired in 2002. For over a decade, she and her husband owned and operated Clover Ridge Inn by Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, NH. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Over the years, she was a member of many organizations, including 25 years with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Lowell, where she served as past president and most recently vice president. In addition, she was a member of the Altrusa International/Merrimack Valley, MA and was a past board member of the Merrimack Valley March of Dimes.

She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Chelmsford.

She is survived by a daughter and a son-in-law, Margaret "Peggy" and Kenneth Richer of Chelmsford; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Frank Jr. and Barbara Durant of Sudbury, and Leonard Durant of Lowell; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Barbara Condon of Wayland and a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Henry Valcour, Jr of Northbridge; six grandchildren, Kenneth, Kevin and Kurt Richer; Frank III, Theodore and Rose Durant; her dear friend, Jim Lizotte of Dunstable; as well as many nieces, nephews, and close family friends.

DURANT -- Eleanor A. Durant, 78, of Chelmsford died Feb. 4, 2017. Her visiting hours are Thursday 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 Middlesex St., Chelmsford, MA. Funeral Friday at 8:00 a.m. from the Funeral Home with a Funeral Home with a Funeral Mass at 9:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex St., N. Chelmsford, MA 01863. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. For those that wish Memorials may be made in her name to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Lowell, P.O. Box 692, Tyngsboro, MA 01879 or Altrusa International/Merrimack Valley, MA, P.O. Box 201, N. Chelmsford, MA 01863. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com
Published in Lowell Sun on Feb. 8, 2017
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