MT. JULIET -- Mrs. Durham, 89, of Mt. Juliet died April 18, 2011 at her home with her family at her side.
Born in Rattan, OK on January 12, 1922, she was the third of 12 children of Parker & Eva Mae Rosenthal and was of German and Choctaw descent. Before her marriage to James H. Durham in September, 1943, she worked as a high school teacher and as a farm worker.
During WWII, she worked in a plant building fighter planes. After the war, while her husband completed his education, she raised their children and became her sons' Cub Scout/Boy Scout Den Mother.
She was also active in the church as a Sunday School teacher. After family moved to California in 1955, she worked for 20 years in retail sales at The Broadway as a salesperson, assistant manager and department manager of various departments.
After retirement, she enjoyed working in her yard, gardening, visiting family and friends, and spending time with her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She and her husband also enjoyed a memorable trip to Europe. In 1995, she and her husband moved to Mt. Juliet, TN where she lived until her death.
She is survived by her children James H. Durham, John P. (Susie) Durham, Diane Durham (Bill) Newland, and Sherry L. Perry; her siblings, Frank (Monalla) Rosenthal, Ernestine Krohn, Isabel (Harley) Murray and Tommie Scott; grandchildren Adrianne Durham, Amy McCartney, Ashley Grguric, Nathan Durham and James Perry; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her beloved husband, Jimmie, passed away in 2007 after almost 64 years of marriage.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.