Paula Anne (Valk) Durkin
Paula Anne Durkin, age 65, of Shelby died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the Crestwood Care Center after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was born May 11, 1944 in Shelby, the only child of the late Paul and Evelyn (Hutsler) Valk.
Paula graduated from Shelby High School in 1962. She married Michael W. Durkin on October 5, 1963 and he preceded her in death in 1999. Paula was a homemaker and a devoted wife and mother. She loved spending time with her family and attending the school and sporting events of her three granddaughters. Paula enjoyed camping, fishing, high school sporting events, painting and cake decorating. She volunteered at Kingwood Center, decorating the many rooms at the mansion. Paula spent many hours with her closest girlfriends making crafts, cards and stamping. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Surviving are her son, Andrew and his wife Linda (Eby) Durkin and their daughters Katie and Kristen Durkin of Shelby, her daughter, Melissa Durkin and close friend Alexandra (Alex) Garcia of Tiffin, and Melissa’s daughter Ashley (Wheeler) Pillai and her husband Pravin of Cincinnati. Brother and sister in law, Tim and Mary Durkin of Shelby, nephew, Greg (Katherine) Durkin and their children Emma and Caroline of Savannah Georgia, special cousins, Linda (Bliss) Regal of Jacksonville Florida, and Sara (Bliss) and Butch Enders of Mooresville, NC. Close friends, Diane Loveless, Brenda Stock, Janet Guisinger, Trudy Jacobs, and Mary Jo Hull, as well as many other friends who have been a part of Paula’s life.
Friends may call on Friday, April 2, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home 168 W. Main St. Shelby where there will a wake service at 8 PM. Funeral services will be on Saturday at 10 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church by Father Nick Cunningham. Burial will be in Most Pure Heart of Mary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. On-Line condolences may be left at;