Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Barbara Anne Durkin

Barbara Anne Durkin, age 64, formerly of Shelby, a resident of Dumfries, Virginia, died Saturday, October 4, 2008 at The Residences at Thomas Circle in Washington, DC after a 14 month battle with cancer.

Barb was born November 26, 1943 in Shelby the daughter of the late Clarence William and Anne R. (Teglovic) Durkin. She was a 1961 graduate of Shelby High School and was the director of marketing for the Blood Donor Program for INOVA Health System in the Washington, DC area.
She was a member of St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church in Dumphries.
She enjoyed bingo, traveling and time spent in Atlantic City.

She is survived by: a brother, Tim and Mary Durkin of Shelby; 2 sisters, Maggie and Denny Van Wagner of Titus, Alabama and Patty and Butch Amert of Shelby; Nieces and nephews, Denise and Ricky Garcia, Lisa Van Wagner, Becky and Brian Nueunschwander, Chris and Tara Amert, David and Felicia Amert, Jason and Shawna Amert; Great nieces and nephews, Scott Smith, Alan Smith, Kimberly Garcia, and other nieces and nephews; Her Boulevard Gang friends since high school with whom she celebrated birthdays together every ten years since they turned thirty.

Barb was preceded in death by her father in 1980, her mother in 1992 and by a brother, Michael Durkin in 1999.

It was Barb’s wish that there be no services at this time. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. Memorial expressions may be made to Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042 . The Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby assisted the family with the arrangements. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at

Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

    Family_of: Barbara Anne Durkin
    Your_Name: Ellen and Steve Haverfield

    Date: 08-10-07


    We are so sorry for the loss of your sister. I remember her as a happy, smiling and loving member of your family. You were and are a great example of a supportive, caring family and I know you will all miss her. I pray that God will grant you peace in the knowledge of life eternal.

    In sincere sympathy,
    Ellen and Steve Haverfield
    Family_of: Barb Durkin
    Your_Name: Gary and Shirley Burrer

    Date: 08-10-07


    Gary and I wish to send our deepest sympathy to the whole family.
    We remember all the fun time at the parties the 61 class had
    and the times spent with Barb. May she rest in peace.
    Family_of: Barbara Durkin
    Your_Name: Susan Crawford


    I was very sorry to read about Ms Durkin passing in the paper this morning. I was her mailman while she lived in Grayson Village in Dumfries. When she told me of her illness I was sad, but it took no time at all to realize she was a kind and caring person who had come to grips with her illness. She seemed to be fiercely independent (refusing to let me bring her mail to her every day), but smiling and happy when I would. She was a joy to talk with and always had a kind word. I missed her when she relocated and know she is now at peace and in a wonderful place. May your memories give you strength at this time.

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